Stories

Adam and Rakassan

Sergeant Adam Renteria and Rakassan

Sergeant Adam Renteria and Rakassan

Conventional treatment was not helping Sergeant Renteria deal with his symptoms of PTSD and TBI after his deployment to Iraq as an infantry soldier. He knew he needed something more than medication and intermittent therapy sessions. PTSD left Adam feeling isolated, being out in public would cause him to have severe panic attacks, rooftops and windows still seemed like places for snipers to hide, walking around corners caused severe anxiety, debilitating nightmares made sleep impossible and noises reminded him of the war zone he had just left. Click for full story.

Jose and Ranger

Jose and Ranger

Staff Sergeant Jose Pila and Ranger

Staff Sergeant Jose Pila returned from tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom suffering from PTSD, TBI and physical injuries. After his return, Jose has dedicated his time to helping other service members through the San Gabriel Valley Veteran Employment Committee and as an Academic Counselor for veterans at a community college. He came to Pets for Vets plagued by nightmares, high anxiety and hyper vigilance. Click for full story.

Steven and Dozer

Steven and Dozer

Specialist Steven Mangiameli and Dozer

Specialist Steven Mangiameli’s life changed the day he found a Pets for Vets brochure at the VA. Ten years in the Army left him with depression, anxiety and a debilitating sense of loneliness. He spent many days in bed unable to face the world. He expressed to Pets for Vets that he was in great need of a companion. Click for full story.

Gasper and Ziva

Gaspe and Ziva

Sergeant Gasper Carranza and Ziva

Gasper Carranza was a Sergeant in the Army during the Vietnam War. As a result of his time in service, Gasper has suffered with PTSD, depression and anxiety. His children made the initial contact with Pets for Vets on Gasper’s behalf hoping that a pet could help alleviate the feelings that welled inside their father. Enter Ziva, an intelligent and sensitive terrier mix! Click for full story.

Cory and Gigi

Specialist 4th Class Corey Weber and Gigi

Specialist 4th Class Corey Weber and Gigi

Gigi aka Binji was placed with Corey Weber. Corey is a Grenada veteran and his message below is an excellent illustration of what Pets for Vets is accomplishing. Click for full story.

Blade and DD

Corpsman Blade Antony and DD

Corpsman Blade Antony and DD

Blade Antony served as a medic in the Marine Corp. During his tour it was his job to save the lives of his brothers and sisters-in-arms. When he returned home from Iraq, he found himself feeling alone, out of place, angry at people who did not seem to understand, suffering from PTSD , nightmares and on the verge of committing suicide. Now it was his life that needed saving. Click for full story.

David and Charley

Corporal David Harlan and Charley

Corporal David Harlan and Charley

David is a Corporal in the Marine Corps and a veteran of two Iraq tours. David joined the Marines prior to September 11, 2001. He was part of the initial invasion and then returned to Iraq during the peak of hostility in 2004. David witnessed the death of a close platoon member. David contacted Pets for Vets looking for a companion dog to help him readjust to civilian life. Click for full story.

Bobby and Carl

Staff Sergeant Bobby Stone and Carl

Staff Sergeant Bobby Stone and Carl

When Staff Sergeant Bobby Stone met Carl, it was love at first sight. Bobby is a staff sergeant and a veteran of four Iraq tours, one in Kuwait and one in Afghanistan. Exposure to an IED detonation triggered medical issues including PTSD. Bobby contacted Pets for Vets while still in Afghanistan and completed the process as soon as he returned home. Pets for Vets knew that Bobby needed a special dog to make him feel comfortable around people and in public. Click for full story

David and Charlie

Sergeant David Mills and Charlie

Sergeant David Mills and Charlie

Pets for Vets is honored to thank Sergeant David Mills for his service by introducing him to his forever companion “Charlie” for the first time. Charlie is a 3-year old female husky adopted from the Carson shelter. She was very depressed in the shelter and her fur was incredibly matted. After a thorough cleaning and de-matting, she went through the Pets for Vets training program to become ready to be with her new dad. Click for full story