Donate to Support Willie Turner
As a veteran, Willie’s tuition will be paid by Rob’s Best Friend Fund which helps PAALS provide service dogs to veterans at no charge.. You can support Willie by donating to Rob’s Best Friend Fund.
My name is Willie and I’m a military veteran who suffers from an invisible condition known as PTSD. My wife and I live in Hopkins, SC with our two children. I served my country for 20 years and retired in 2005. I have struggled with my condition for years and one day my counselor at the local VA Hospital mentioned the idea of contacting PAALS for a service dog. As a military veteran, I struggled with the thought of asking for help for almost two years because in the military you are used to helping others. My wife helped me submit the application to PAALS. I’m pleased to report that I have been accepted as a PAALS client and I’m working on the next phase of the process.
A service dog will greatly help me maintain my independence as the little things like going out to work or to Wal-Mart is a real challenge for me right now. This specially-trained dog will assist me with calming techniques during a panic attack, picking up things I drop, turning off and on light switches, opening doors, barking on command or going to get help if I need assistance. My service dog will be my 24-hour companion and can accompany me to work, shopping or wherever I go.