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Inmates, vets find new hope through service dog program

GATESVILLE – Inside this women’s prison North of Gatesville, two people with very different lives will forever be connected by a dog named Stan.

Inmate Nicole Windham’s five DUIs got her a sentence of 13 years.

“If you don’t take responsibility for it and say, ‘I got myself here,’ and humble yourself – that’s been the biggest thing, humbling yourself from wherever you came from,” Windham said.

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Every Veteran Deserves A Service Dog!

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Patriot PAWS is a non-profit dedicated to providing disabled veterans with service dogs and no cost to the veteran. Each service dog is specially trained by elite dog trainers to assist and protect veterans with life-altering injuries, PTSD, and other disabilities. Each dog takes approximately two years to train, costing the organization around $33,000 per pup. Now, The Texas Federation of Republican Women is raising funds to help!

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Years long waitlist for service dogs from Rockwall non-profit

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Retired U.S. Army Ranger Aaron Mixel is standing on the side of a road in Rockwall; it’s something he says he couldn’t do two years ago.

You look around most streets and you see debris on the sides and the work cones, and these are things they’ve put IEDs in.

Mixel served in the military for 20 years. He enlisted in his home state of California at the age of 17. In 2009, he was in Afghanistan when an IED exploded right next to him. He was only partially blocked by the Humvee he was standing next to at the time. He suffered brain damage, lost his right eye and his arm was torn up by the shrapnel.

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Patriot PAWS Tommy back on Good Day Austin

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Tommy is back and the Good Day anchors get an update on him and find out what else he’s doing in town.

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FOX 7 Tommy is back in Austin

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Fox 7’s favorite service dog is back in Austin. He’s in the Capital City on behalf of Patriot Paws to help get a law passed.

His first stop was for an event with the Texas Federation of Republican Women. With Tommy as the celebrity guest at Belles n’ Boots, the group kick-started their campaign to raise $30,000 to sponsor a service dog through Patriot Paws. “We believe so strongly in the men and women that give so much for our country and sacrifice for our country,” says Theresa Kosmoski, President of the Texas Federation of Republican Women. And she adds, “and if there is something we can do to help them and pay them back for protecting our freedom and protecting our liberties, this is the least we can do.”

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Patriot PAWS Attends I-30 Girls Basketball Game

The pups of Patriot PAWS Service Dogs were a slam-dunk hit during pregame of the Lady Hawks vs Lady Jackets basketball game on Friday, January 20, 2017. The adorable ‘Ballers’ gave away tons of puppy kisses and smiles to fans of both teams at the Rockwall-Heath High School Gym.

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Service dog organizations see increase in veterans calling for help

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Patriot PAWS is still having trouble getting service dogs to disabled veterans quickly enough. In fact, the average wait is more than three years long.

While three years is a long wait for anybody, for veterans who suffer from PTSD, knowing help is three years away seems like a lifetime.

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Veteran’s Day 2016

Service dogs cost $33K but are priceless to veterans in need, compliments of Rockwall nonprofit.

“I’ve seen the magic these dogs bring,” said Springstead. “They’re so important to recovery.”

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Prisoners help train patriot paws puppies

One of the ways the non-profit organization Patriot Paws keeps costs down is by partnering with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. For the last eight years inmates at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice have been teaching Patriot PAWS pups to pull their weight as service dogs. Patriot PAWS trainer Sarah Alvarado says, “They […]

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ELEAD1ONE Community Partner: Patriot Paws — A Hero’s Helper


 

Step inside of the life changing relationship between retired U.S. Army Ranger Aaron Mixell and his service dog Chief. Chief is just one of the dozens of companions matched with our military men and women in need of assistance that only these highly trained dogs can provide.
Creative Lead Chris Chatterton captured Aaron and Chief’s story in this 3-minute video for our North Texas-based community partner Patriot Paws.