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Hundreds Raise Money To Help Medal Of Honor Recipient's Service Dog
On July 12, Medal of Honor recipient and Army veteran Ty Carter found out that his service dog, a German shepherd named Nala, had a herniated disc that was almost severing her spinal chord. If it wasn’t treated, Nala would lose most of her motor skills. She needed surgery immediately.
After Carter received Nala’s bill from the vet, he and his girlfriend, Jennifer Aédo, realized they wouldn’t be able to cover the costs, which came out to nearly $10,000. On July 23, Aédo set up a GoFundMe page to help cover the cost of Nala’s surgery.
“Ty and I don't have much; Certainly not enough to cover the bills of Nala’s vet, surgery, and after care,” reads the GoFundMe description. “She's not simply a pet and has done more for Ty mentally and emotionally than any person in our lives.”
In just three days, the account has raised more than $8,500, surpassing its $7,500 goal.
Now, Nala is recovering from her surgery “little by little each day,” Carter told Task & Purpose.
“She is still weak in her back legs because after not really walking for three weeks she lost muscle and her mechanics so we're doing physical therapy and massaging her three times a day to build her strength back up,” said Carter, in an email.
Nonetheless, Nala is still on duty and stays glued to Carter’s hip as often as possible.
“Even though she’s injured and still recovering, she’s still trying to do her job, which is pretty awesome,” Aédo told Task & Purpose.
Carter got Nala as a puppy in 2012 when he returned home from his second deployment. According to Aédo and Carter, Nala was privately trained in Yelm, Washington, as a service and emotional support dog, as well as personal protection.
Ty Carter and Nala.Photo courtesy of Ty Carter.
“When I'm stressing out doing school work or handling business calls she knows to come check on me by putting her head in my lap or just sitting at my feet under the desk,” said Carter. “She senses emotion and is very in tune if I'm off that day.”
“The military/veteran community is an incredible family to be a part of and I'm grateful that in such a short amount of time so many banded together to help us out when we were at the end of our rope,” said Carter who also had his Ford F-350 stolen just 2 days after Nala had her surgery.
Carter was awarded the Medal of Honor in August 2013 for his actions during the Battle of Kamdesh in Nuristan province, Afghanistan.
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Speaking at the Reagan National Defense Forum in Simi Valley, California, on Saturday morning, Berger said the younger generation of troops had a "clearer view" of the technology "than most people give them credit for."
"That said, I'd give us a 'C-minus' or a 'D' in educating the force on the threat of even technology," Berger said. "Because they view it as two pieces of gear, 'I don't see what the big deal is.'"
WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un risks losing "everything" if he resumes hostility and his country must denuclearize, after the North said it had carried out a "successful test of great significance."
"Kim Jong Un is too smart and has far too much to lose, everything actually, if he acts in a hostile way. He signed a strong Denuclearization Agreement with me in Singapore," Trump said on Twitter, referring to his first summit with Kim in Singapore in 2018.
"He does not want to void his special relationship with the President of the United States or interfere with the U.S. Presidential Election in November," he said.
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Just before 8 a.m. on a Sunday morning 78 years ago, Lauren Bruner was preparing for church services and a date that would follow with a girl he'd met outside his Navy base.
The 21-year-old sailor was stationed as a fire controlman aboard the U.S. battleship USS Arizona, overseeing the vessel's .50-caliber guns.
Then alarms rang out. A Japanese plane had bombed the ship in a surprise attack.
It took only nine minutes for the Arizona to sink after the first bomb hit. Bruner was struck by gunfire while trying to flee the inferno that consumed the ship, the second-to-last man to escape the explosion that killed 1,177, including his best friend; 335 survived.
More than 70% of Bruner's body was burned. He was hospitalized for weeks.
Now, nearly eight decades after that fateful day, Bruner's ashes will be delivered to the sea that cradled his fallen comrades, stored in an urn inside the battleship's wreckage.