Team since: 2010

GySgt Chadd Jackson, USMC (ret.)

In August of 2004 GySgt Chadd Jackson's unit, 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance, Alpha Company out of Camp Lejeune, NC was sent to Fallujah, Iraq for a 7 month deployment. While deployed GySgt Jackson's unit performed numerous combat missions such as the Siege of Fallujah, re-occupation of the city and the elections. GySgt Jackson also served as the lead staff non-commissioned officer in charge of 4 platoons of Iraq soldiers that were under his charge and training daily with his Marines to take over the mission as the Marines pulled out of Iraq.

In 2005 GySgt Jackson's vehicle was hit by a roadside IED (improvised explosive device) disabling the vehicle. GySgt Jackson was hit by shrapnel in the face and right arm. He was Medevaced to Bravo Surgical and later back to the states where he would have several surgeries and an 18-month recovery from wounds to his arm. During this time he was diagnosed with a grade three concussion (mild TBI), PTS, and severe nerve damage to his right arm. He would also have to re-learn how to use his hand and arm all over again due to all the nerve damage. To date he still has not fully recovered from the nerve damage and will not ever have full use of his arm.

GySgt Jackson was introduced to paws4vets due to a Marine at Wounded Warrior BN-East who was provided with a Service Dog from paws4vets. He saw first-hand the benefits and results of using a Service Dog for PTS. About a year into this new relationship with paws4people and training BAILEY, GySgt Jackson's PTS, depression and management of chronic pain took a bad turn for the worse.

It was decided to send BAILEY to intensive training in our paws4prisons program while Chadd completed several months of inpatient treatment where they would later be rejoined. BAILEY successfully completed and met all the standards for paws4people certification & was graduated on GySgt Jackson's return from the hospital. BAILEY's bond and desire to be a Service Dog has given GySgt Jackson a foot hold on regaining his freedom back and coping with PTS.









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