Veteran Coordinator, Aaron Mixell, shares his passion for helping disabled veterans.
GATESVILLE – Inside this women’s prison North of Gatesville, two people with very different lives will forever be connected by a dog named Stan.
Inmate Nicole Windham’s five DUIs got her a sentence of 13 years.
“If you don’t take responsibility for it and say, ‘I got myself here,’ and humble yourself – that’s been the biggest thing, humbling yourself from wherever you came from,” Windham said.
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Retired U.S. Army Ranger Aaron Mixel is standing on the side of a road in Rockwall; it’s something he says he couldn’t do two years ago.
You look around most streets and you see debris on the sides and the work cones, and these are things they’ve put IEDs in.
Mixel served in the military for 20 years. He enlisted in his home state of California at the age of 17. In 2009, he was in Afghanistan when an IED exploded right next to him. He was only partially blocked by the Humvee he was standing next to at the time. He suffered brain damage, lost his right eye and his arm was torn up by the shrapnel.
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Patriot PAWS is still having trouble getting service dogs to disabled veterans quickly enough. In fact, the average wait is more than three years long.
While three years is a long wait for anybody, for veterans who suffer from PTSD, knowing help is three years away seems like a lifetime.
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Service dogs cost $33K but are priceless to veterans in need, compliments of Rockwall nonprofit.
“I’ve seen the magic these dogs bring,” said Springstead. “They’re so important to recovery.”
Step inside of the life changing relationship between retired U.S. Army Ranger Aaron Mixell and his service dog Chief. Chief is just one of the dozens of companions matched with our military men and women in need of assistance that only these highly trained dogs can provide.
Creative Lead Chris Chatterton captured Aaron and Chief’s story in this 3-minute video for our North Texas-based community partner Patriot Paws.
PEARLAND, Texas – Cash can fetch and give “puppy” eyes like any other dog, but spend just one minute with Cash and retired U.S. Army Sergeant Javier Negrete, and you’ll see why Cash is no ordinary dog.
“This dog has changed my life,” said Negrete, who now lives in Pearland. “Since I’ve had Cash, my life is just a completely different story.”
However, a car crash during his week visiting home left the him paralyzed, and a severe brain injury altered his speech. Negrete was in a wheelchair and suffering from serious depression.
Until he met Cash. “I’m not the guy in the wheelchair anymore,” Negrete said. “I’m the guy with the cool dog.”