Noah here with a big update and HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who jumped into action last night when I posted a Call For Help for a friend of mine and Veteran.
In case you missed it, you can read that initial story by tapping here.
But here’s the really short summary….
I found out that an awesome person who goes by the name DieselPatriot1 on Telegram and who has been personally helping my moderate our huge Telegram chat room needed help.
She’s never ask for help herself, but I found out and I had to do something.
In short, Diesel runs a nonprofit called Veterans4Paws which trains service animals and unites them with our troops suffering from PTSD and other issues after they return home.
It’s good for the dogs and good for our vets….a real winner all around.
But here’s what happened.
During the “planned-demic” last year when far-left Blue State Governors were shutting everyone down, Diesel and Veterans4Paws got hit really hard.
Diesel lives in Pennsylvania and their far-left Governor ordered all “non essential” businesses to close down or face serious fines each day they remained open.
Guess who was deemed “non-essential”?
No, not the liquor stores, those stayed open.
No, not Walmart, those stayed open too….
No, it was Veterans4Paws that was deemed “non-essential”….only here’s the kicker: Diesel refused to shut down.
She had too many Veterans on her waiting list in need of help and she kept operating.
She eventually racked up over $12,000 in fines from far-left Blue State Governor Tom Wolf.
She has slowly paid down $3,000 by herself but over $9,000 remains and continues to accrue interest and penalties.
That’s the short version of the story.
The long version is farther down below.
It took some convincing, but when I learned about this I finally talked her into setting up a donation page on GiveSendGo where people could chip in some money to help her get all the fines paid and open back up!
I posted the Call For Help late last night and almost instantly within posting YOU sprang into action.
Honestly, I am still blown away and what you did!
Less than 24 hours later and here is where we stand….we are at 90% of our goal with over $8,132 raised so far:
Some gave big chunks and some gave $5, $10 or even just $1…..and it all added up.
Diesel has personally asked me to post this THANK YOU message saying thank you to every single person who donated, in her words “even $5 means A LOT!”
The other thing is the messages that are coming in.
With each donation you get the ability to send a message and look how heartwarming these are:
And then there are the Prayers…..
55 people (and counting) have posted Prayers in support, and I want to tell you this: do not EVER underestimate how powerful and important those prayers are!
Trust me when I say those are appreciated as much as the donations!
They were so touching to read, here are just 3 to share with you:
And here’s one more thing….
You gotta love when a plan comes together.
Diesel lives in Pennsylvania and one attorney who lives in PA and specializes in helping nonprofits read the post and contacted Diesel directly to offer her services in getting things squared away.
HOW COOL IS THAT?
Man, I always say it but I’ll say it one more time: the Deplorables are the best people on the face of the Earth….and you all just proved it once again!
So here’s the deal….we’re at 90% of our goal and I’d love to get Diesel over the hump and fully funded so she can get back to doing what she does best.
Can you help us bridge the gap on the last 10%?
Thank you in advance to everyone who helps out and to everyone who already has pitched in.
“Wow” is an understatement on how I feel right now.
And for those of you who missed the original story last night or would like to read the full details in Diesel’s own words from GiveSendGo here it is:
Hi…many of you may know me as @DieselPatriot1.
What you may not know is I run a non-profit called Veterans 4 Paws, which I founded to help veterans cope with PTSD and cut down on needless Veteran suicides.
What you ALSO may not know is during the PLANNED-DEMIC I refused to shut down my non-profit. I refused to stop helping. I refused to stop serving our Veterans.
What did that get me?
$9,000 (and counting) of fines by my state government.
It has cripppled me and basically made me unable to continue my mission.
I considered closing my doors but after some persuading from a friend of mine, I’m taking one shot to see if I can get the fines paid and re-open my doors.
Let me tell you a little more about what we do…..
Veterans 4 Paws is a non-profit I started several years ago with one goal in mind…to provide much needed service animals to Veterans nationwide 100% FOR FREE.
Looking at the world from a strong military background sometimes we see the biggest needs of Veterans more clearly than most. The one that always stood out as a front runner is “I could use a service dog but they are so expensive!”
I found it so hard to believe that with all the breeders and homeless pet shelters out there, nobody figured out a way to save our Vets and our Pets.
On average a Service Dog can cost between $3,000 to $7,000 depending on the needs. Upon further investigation, I found a few organizations that claimed to provide free service animals but the fine print always reveals truth. While they did in fact give a free dog, the recipient was expected to shell out a LOT of money for traveling and expected to stay in the area for an undetermined amount of time or their families were asked to “make donations ” to the business.
I wanted Veterans 4 Paws to be different…I wanted FREE to actually mean FREE to the Veterans and their families! Imagine that!
I also wanted to be different. I wanted to remove the wording “service dog” and use “service pets”, as in most cases a service dog many times is also the family pet. I’m also not a fan of mass production…so everything we do has a personal touch. I enlist the help of 2 maybe 3 people I know to be good handlers and our homes, our families, our own dogs became the kennels.
I also (unless donated) wanted to avoid breeders. With so many homeless pets…it seems the proper solution is to make a bridge to save lives…not buy them. All the dogs I use are rescued or surrendered for a better cause than being a couch potato. I have also had pups from breeders as well. Sometimes different circumstances do require the need for a pup to start from ground zero.
We each only have 1 maybe 2 dogs in training at any time. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A BLANKET TRAINING. Each dog is trained for each Veteran’s personal needs. I do not give dates or deadlines. Each dog learns at a different pace.
The other issue I wanted to address was the process. Our Veterans have given so much the last thing they need is swamped down with paperwork…so I made certain my process was quick and painless.
The other chief complaint was contact and communication. Whenever they would need help or have a question or need anything, other places never or rarely returned messages. So I made ME the first and main contact. Day or night, call, text or email….and they get ME everytime.
During the PLANNED-DEMIC, many businesses were crushed….I believe on purpose….but the big corporations thrived. The non-profits were equally crushed and many fined heavily as they refused to stop helping and refused to be called “non-essential”.
I WAS ONE OF THEM.
The fined me over $12,000 for continuing to help serve and not “sheltering in place”.
I’ve paid down some of the those fines but over $9,000 still remains unpaid and I have no more funds.
We lose 22 veterans per day to suicide. This occurs for many reasons. Some is physical , mostly PTSD….they just can’t turn the noise off or make the pain stop. Many people have a hard time understanding why a veteran with a home a wife children loving supportive family would ever take their own life. There are many reasons but the biggest player is JUDGMENT. While families try so hard to understand the reality is they never will. The worst thing a Vet can hear is ” I understand”…nobody understands each veteran processes differently. Sometimes the most obscure statement can send a trigger to a veteran they can’t reel back from. Things like “you didn’t do that before, you never liked that before” (the judgment).
A dog didn’t know you before or during they only know them now. Everything is unconditional without judgment. The bond between a veteran and their dog is on a level most people can’t understand. The dogs don’t just help with physical obstacles, they serve as reminders that our Veterans are not alone.
With all the recent events that have unfolded in our country, I feel that I can no longer sit on the sidelines and watch our Veterans and their sacrifices be further disrespected and forgotten.
So I have to get Veterans 4 Paws back on her feet and start helping to secure the well being of our nation’s heroes and saving animals.
Due to being shut down I am at a position of almost completely starting over. Fines need paid, licenses need once again obtained, veterinarians need secured as well as the basic day-to-day needs of caring for the dogs.
So I am with great hesitancy but the utmost faith in the American people to rally around our nations’ heroes asking for help to accomplish this goal.
Thank you to everyone who is willing to help out. I cannot ever thank you enough!
Veterans 4 Paws
Thank you to everyone who is reading this and pitches in!
How quickly can we get this fixed?