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Preston S. Hartley PTSD Veteran Memorial Fund
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The Preston S. Hartley PTSD Veteran Memorial Fund, established in 2017, is a tribute to the memory and life of our son Preston Hartley. Distributions are awarded to Veterans who are dealing with Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD) and would benefit from a trained Service Dog. These donations will assist in the cost of training and obtaining a Service Dog for these Veterans. Donations will be made locally in Austin, Texas and surrounding areas.
To honor our veterans who struggle daily with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) by helping them obtain a trained service dog, learn how to train their own pets or find other organizations that can assist them managing PTSD.
Daily we lose an estimated 20-22 veterans to PTSD. Recent scientific studies reveal clinically significant reductions in PTSD symptoms in veterans with service dogs. Training these dogs takes months and costs $10,000 to $15,000. Most veterans are unable to afford that amount. This is where we step in.
We currently provide aid in Central Texas, working with a group that is certified to train service dogs and that also teaches those veterans who want to participate in training their current pets. We are also working with other organizations assisting Veterans in Central Texas for example the Harth Foundation.
In 2017 we began this journey to honor the memory of our loved one who lost his battle with PTSD. Within six months of the establishment of the Preston S Hartley Veteran PTSD Memorial Fund, we were able to help our first veteran. USMC veteran Ed and local shelter adoptee Dixie were united on December 21, 2017.
Your donation to our memorial fund will help more veterans start living the life they deserve. Our goal is to expand our reach by finding other deserving programs.
Preston was born December 21, 1985 and lost his battle with PTSD on April 14, 2017. Preston joined the Army shortly after graduation and became a member of the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood. During his service, Preston did two tours in Iraq, having been Stop-Lossed after his first tour. During his second tour, Preston was promoted to Sergeant and became fluent in Spanish and German. Many of his military comrades recall that he was always cracking jokes, laughing and making others smile.