Help a Vet, Save A Pet
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Meet United States Army Veteran Scott Jernigan: Known as SPC Randall Jernigan; from A battery, 4th Battalion 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 101st. The above photo of him were taken in Zafaraniyah, Baghdad during Operation Ten Bears. Scott knows ... More ...

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Meet United States Army Veteran Scott Jernigan: Known as SPC Randall Jernigan; from A battery, 4th Battalion 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 101st. The above photo of him were taken in Zafaraniyah, Baghdad during Operation Ten Bears. Scott knows all too well the physical and psychological effects of war. Scott spent 4 years in the United States Army to protect our freedom, and in those 4 years...he lost his. From continual battle ground combat, Scotts injuries to his shoulder and back have left him disabled. He has had three surgeries, now his fourth and most recent surgery has fused his shoulder permanently and he will never have use of it again. His right arm is forever immobile. Compiled with a fractured back, it leaves Scott on 8 different medications to alleviate his physical and emotional trauma. Scott suffers from severe PTSD. Being in public triggers his PTSD and Scott has become a prisoner in his own home, as well as a victim of hyper-vigilence and sleep disorders. Scott recently contacted Guardians of Rescue to become a candidate for a Paws of War dog. As an avid animal lover, with a heart of gold we wish to make Scotts request a reality. But reality comes with a cost.

Meet Duchess Duchess is a 4 year old German Shepherd who's loyalty goes above and beyond the call of duty. But that loyalty was ultimately one sided. On the day her owner decided to up and leave her at a shelter, Duchess went into a deep depression. She wouldn't eat and became withdrawn. With every squeak of the door, her ears would perk up, only to be let down each time and ultimately she gave up when the realization that her owner was never coming back for her. And that is where our story really begins.

Duchess has all the qualities of a Paws of War dog, but they are stored deep in her soul. Her loyalty, alertness, gentle spirit and willingness to please make her a perfect candidate as a service dog. We have made it our mission to bring out that loyal dogs personality once again. Today Duchess is the epitome of pride, confidence and is ready once again to create a loyal bond. Duchess has been fully vetted, she is spayed, vaccinated, micro chipped, heartworm tested, on preventative and now in full training to become a true partner to Scott. Duchess will help him with both his physical and psychological trauma.

Please Help Us so we can continue to Help our Vets By giving any amount, your donation will go toward making Scott AND Duchess' dream come true. Our Paws of War program exists only because of you. Continual vetting, training, boarding, grooming, food and much time go into each and every dog so that we can continue helping both ends of the leash and help veterans like Scott and dogs like Duchess. Our heroes deserve to regain their independence. Fighting for our freedom is the ultimate sacrifice. Let's pay it forward to our veterans. We thank you for helping two fractured souls become one.

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