Hello, my name is Chuck Gartland. I was in the Marine Corp. from 1967 to 1971. I was a second place finisher in the Southeast-Asian War Games.
When I came home I had spine damage, eye sight damage and years later found out I was suffering from P.T.S.D.
My therapist at the VA recommended Pets for Vets for me. I contacted them and they were very helpful and instrumental in finding me a companion. They found me a dog that loves to ride in the truck with me and he also is good around our grandchildren. He, Charlie, sleeps next to me at night giving me comfort and helping me through the bad nights.
I have bonded with "Charlie" completely and he with me; he is my best friend and shadow. It worked out for both of us, he was in the shelter for 3 years of his life suffering and I have been suffering for years from nightmares, depression and fighting my own battles.
Since I've had Charlie we walk at the park everyday in the morning, he goes with me everywhere and helps me get through the day. I have become more social through Charlie's interactions with other dogs and their owners and is friendliness with everyone he meets.
I want to take this opportunity to thank the Pets for Vets organization and staff that have worked so hard for bringing Charlie into my life. The unconditional love, trust and companionship we share has helped me so much.