Urgent Cause

Help Fund Veteran
Lawsuit Defense

Hello. I am Tom Hafemann and I am fundraising to pay for legal defense for myself and my service dog Jetta.

Jetta and I were running in the Kiawah Island half marathon when someone came between and interfered with my leashed service dog. All three of us tumbled to the ground. She claims she was hurt, yet finished the marathon. She is stating that Service Dog or not, Jetta has no business being on the course.  She is suing for damages, punitive damages and the cost of the lawsuit.

 

Incident Exerpt:


Between mile 11 and 12, roughly, I saw an opportunity to pass. This time I wanted to get thin and let Jetta out into the GO position as we set off to sprint to pass Patrice. ("GO" position is forward and slightly left of me) As we got closer I yelled "ON YOUR LEFT!" This time, Jetta got past her but I didn't. Patrice moved and positioned her between Jetta and I, again seemingly to block our pass, got tangled in our leash; both Patrice and I fell to the ground. I stopped and asked if she was okay, she said no. At that time I signaled for a race official that came over to take care of Patrice. I asked the official if they got this situation. They replied yes, so I carried on with the race. [...]

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Urgent Cause

Help Fund Marla's

Ear Surgery

Hello, my name is Tim Jackson.  I am a 14 year Veteran of the US Army.  While enlisted as a Chaplain Assistant I developed C-PTSD through the volume of counseling services as well as the content of said services.  When I got out in 2009 my life felt empty and void.  I was angry, pained, and haunted by the memories that these brave men and women shared with me.  In 2017 I found Service Dogs for Veterans who placed me with my amazing service dog Marla.

Unfortunately, in January of 2020 she contracted ear infections in both ears.  Although fairly common for any animal, Marla seemed to want to hang on to them.  Her left ear has been consistently infected since.  After finally getting in to see the Veterinary Dermatology and Ear specialists, we have finally began receiving some answers.  The doctor feels like there is a very high likelihood that she may have developed a middle ear disease (otitis media) or possibly even a mass deep within her ear canal.

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Life limiting symptoms of PTSD, TBI, MST manifest, as painful reminders.

You can help a Veteran asses their symptoms, begin recovery, and find new hope in healing.

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