Monday, September 15, 2014

Here is a good note from Cody about the support he has received across the world, the importance of dogs to healing and the damage that the Walter Reed Medical Center causes with their bureaucrats.


From Cody
"Dogs are incredible. Colonel Michelle Fraley (commander of WTB at Walter Reed while I was there) told me once that my redundant, pointless, and repetitive appointments were more important than "playing with the little puppies" (she was a conceited, ignorant, unqualified fill-in-the-blank) while I was working with the Warrior Canine Connection service dogs only twice a week for one-three hours. What she didn't understand, and wouldn't, was that although my mom was the main reason I'm currently not a statistic; and after that community support and donations, I also credit those dogs and that program for saving my life from my own hands. I sincerely believe that if hospitals invested more in dogs (and education in nutrition) and less in equipment they don't use and can't really afford, the results would be incredible. Instead, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center focuses on bureaucracy and protecting their employees from accountability. It's like living at the VA. I'm forever grateful to everyone who has helped me along the way, even if it was merely with a prayer. I especially thank (among others) America's VetDogs for giving me the best dog/friend I could have asked for in Brent."

https://www.facebook.com/WarriorCanineConnection

https://www.facebook.com/AmericasVetDogs

Here are some pictures of Cody and Brent (Cody's service dog) from his trip to Vail, Colorado. Many thanks to the Vail Veterans Program.

http://vailveteransprogram.org/









Saturday, August 9, 2014

Here are some pictures from Cody's birthday at the Durham Bulls game last night. The Bulls gave Cody a game ball (and Brent got one as well) and a Bulls 2013 Triple A Baseball  Championship ring.







Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Cody's birthday is Friday and we will all be at the Durham Bulls game Friday night. The Durham Bulls are going to honor Cody by giving him the game ball!!

 Thanks US Veterans Corp and the Durham Bulls!!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

This post involves wounded warrior charities and our experiences. As with anything there are always good actors and bad actors and some in between. For the most part the generosity of the American people directly and via charities that help wounded warriors has been truly amazing. From my perspective, that is one of the most positive takeaways I have from this entire on-going experience, the American people are awesome, generous and support the wounded warriors regardless of political affiliation.

 We can all debate whether we should be there (or should have gone to Iraq or Afghanistan) but there is no debate that these wounded warriors have given the ultimate sacrifice of mind and body. The circumstances of their injuries are irrelevant, it only matters that they need our support and we shall give it, period.

 In our experience the Wounded Warrior Project is not a charity that is supportive of wounded warriors in practice. The WWP appears to have as its mission to raise as much money as possible. Below is a quote from Nancy:

" But I think it's time for me to let my friends know that the Wound Warrior Project has never assisted Cody in any way. They did take him on a fund raising event once, put him on display, and housed him in hotels that were not handicap accessible. I would never tell anyone who they should donate or invest their time with, but I know of some wonderful organizations that truly are there to help make life easier and better for our wounded, unfortunately most of the money seems to be going to the wrong group. Do your research."

http://www.veteranstoday.com/2013/12/08/wounded-warriors-project-a-legal-scam/

 As Nancy says there are some wonderful organizations that do provide incredible support for the wounded warriors. If you go through this blog you will see all of the charities that have helped Cody over the last couple of years and they continue to provide assistance. We will never be able to thank these people and charities enough for all of their generosity. 

  
Cody's Mom Nancy told Cody that when he got back from Afghanistan the family (Cody, Nancy, Andrew, Modesto and Shauna) would all go on a cruise. Well, it took a couple of years longer than expected but they all just got back on a nice cruise down to the Bahamas!!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

I have not posted in a while, but everything is going well with Cody. He is happily living in his own house. Cody has as an old friend Alex, as a roommate. Cody is even dog sitting (https://dogvacay.com/Dog-Boarding-Daycare-Dog-Boarding-221359) as a small side business.

 Thanks to Carolina Flyers, Inc (http://carolinaflyers.org/index.html) for providing Cody with a hand bicycle so Cody and Alex can go bike riding.