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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.
Army study recommends more sleep for recruits at basic, which drill sergeants will absolutely not disregard or anything
(Reuters Health) - Soldiers who experience sleep problems during basic combat training may be more likely to struggle with psychological distress, attention difficulties, and anger issues during their entry into the military, a recent study suggests.
"These results show that it would probably be useful to check in with new soldiers over time because sleep problems can be a signal that a soldier is encountering difficulties," said Amanda Adrian, lead author of the study and a research psychologist at the Center for Military Psychiatry and Neuroscience at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Silver Spring, Maryland.
"Addressing sleep problems early on should help set soldiers up for success as they transition into their next unit of assignment," she said by email.
Thousands of U.S. service members who've been sent to operate along the Mexico border will receive a military award reserved for troops who "encounter no foreign armed opposition or imminent hostile action."
The Pentagon has authorized troops who have deployed to the border to assist U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) since last April to receive the Armed Forces Service Medal. Details about the decision were included in a Marine Corps administrative message in response to authorization from the Defense Department.
There is no end date for the award since the operation remains ongoing.
A former sailor who was busted buying firearms with his military discount and then reselling some of them to criminals is proving to be a wealth of information for federal investigators.
Julio Pino used his iPhone to record most, if not all, of his sales, court documents said. He even went so far as to review the buyers' driver's license on camera.
It is unclear how many of Pino's customer's now face criminal charges of their own. Federal indictments generally don't provide that level of detail and Assistant U.S. Attorney William B. Jackson declined to comment.
It all began with a medical check.
Carson Thomas, a healthy and fit 20-year-old infantryman who had joined the Army after a brief stint in college, figured he should tell the medics about the pain in his groin he had been feeling. It was Feb. 12, 2012, and the senior medic looked him over and decided to send him to sick call at the base hospital.
It seemed almost routine, something the Army doctors would be able to diagnose and fix so he could get back to being a grunt.
Now looking back on what happened some seven years later, it was anything but routine.
The US military now has to ask the Iraqis for permission before giving close air support to troops in combat
U.S. forces must now ask the Iraqi military for permission to fly in Iraqi airspace before coming to the aid of U.S. troops under fire, a top military spokesman said.
However, the mandatory approval process is not expected to slow down the time it takes the U.S. military to launch close air support and casualty evacuation missions for troops in the middle of a fight, said Army Col. James Rawlinson, a spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve.