- A basketball star is tearfully reunited with his soldier brother (deathandtaxesmag.com)
- Heartwarming Tearjerker of the Day (cheezburger.com)
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/30/us-open-2012-amputee-ball-boy-army-veteran_n_1841527.html Please read article from HUFFINGTON POST
NEW YORK (AP) — The red, white and blue sticker that U.S. Open ballperson Ryan McIntosh wears on his carbon-fiber prosthetic right leg packs a meaningful message: “Freedom is not free, but it’s worth fighting for.”
Yet if the time he spends chasing tennis balls and handing water and towels to the world’s best players goes the way he hopes, hardly anyone will notice it.
An Army specialist who lost his leg when he stepped on a land mine in Afghanistan two years ago, McIntosh is spending the end of his summer working for $7.75 an hour at Flushing Meadows. His goal: Trying to be helpful and invisible at the same time, an inspiration to people like himself! DIRECTLY FROM HUFFINGTON POST
- Wounded Veteran Ryan McIntosh to Serve as US Open Ballperson After Losing Leg (foxnewsinsider.com)
- Wounded veteran inspires on the court (khou.com)
- Video: Finances tie up 9/11 museum opening (cbsnews.com)
Paws and Stripes™ is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization for wounded veterans of our United States military that works to provide service dogs for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury. The service dogs are obtained only from shelters, and are trained by professionals specializing in service dogs. It is the aim of this organization to provide these dogs and training for no cost to the veteran. Click here to read more. . .
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Both play a valuable role, and both of these roles are very different. It is important to know the difference between a therapy dog and a service dog not just because they perform different jobs, but also because you would interact with each differently.
Service Dog: A service dog is trained to provide specific medical assistance to ONE individual. Such tasks include medical alerts, mobility assistance, seeing eye for the blind, and much much more. When you see a dog that is a service dog (as it will usually be labeled on a vest), you should NEVER talk to, pet, stare at, or distract the dog in any way. There is a very important reason for this – if you distract a service dog, then this dog may miss a vital signal to provide a medical alert for a seizure or other episode, or miss a cue to assist with fall risk, and so on. When others distract a service dog, they are putting the handler in jeopardy without realizing it. An individual with a service dog, whether you can see it or not, has a disability that requires constant help from the dog. Be aware that a service dog is not a pet, and pets are not service dogs. All dogs trained in Paws and Stripes are service dogs, not therapy dogs.
Therapy Dogs: A therapy dog is trained to be very social with one or more individuals at one time. Therapy dogs are taken to hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, orphanages, and other such facilities for patients and residents to interact with the dog. They spend time with people who are ill, elderly, in recovery, or otherwise in need of comfort. Therapy dogs are very well socialized and trained to be handled by people of all ages, sizes, and physical conditions. Thus, their job is to provide comfort to many, rather than perform specific tasks for one. Also, a dog MUST BE trained to be either a service dog or a therapy dog. A dog is not a service or therapy dog simply because someone claims it is. Certain skills, socialization, and good health (up to date vaccinations for starters) must be in place in order for the dog to be deemed a service or therapy dog.
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- Bucket List for Dying Service Dog (booksforever1blog.wordpress.com)
- Disabled vet asks for public support (moreaboutmydogs.com)
- Dogs: Medicine for mental health woes? (cnn.com)
- As the need for service dogs for PTSD vets grows, so do the obstacles (mnn.com)
Asperger's Syndrome (AS) is a form of Autism that is in the mild end of the autism spectrum. Similar to other forms of autism, AS is characterized by deficits in social communication, social interaction and imagination, but usually have average or above average IQ levels. People with AS always think literally, have little to no clue about facial expressions, tone of voice, and gestures.
The deadline for military children ages 6 to 17 to enter the "Way Cool Creativity Contest" is Sept. 5 at 11:59 p.m.
So, break out your crayons, paint or video camera and find your most creative way to thank the 1800 Blue Star Museums for giving military families free admission from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
The rules are simple:
This is the following story excerpt from Change.org
Paul is only 23, and he’s amazing. He was diagnosed with a deadly heart condition four years ago, but he battles through it with a smile. He’s smart and creative — we just self-published a story he wrote, and he’s working on a sequel. He loves his nephews. And the whole family loves him.
I don’t know how to tell my son that his doctors refuse to give him the operation that could save his life.
|My son will die without a heart transplant, but the hospital says he can’t have one — because he’s autistic.|
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- Pa. Mom’s Efforts For Heart Transplant For Autistic Son Highlights Complexity Of Decision (philadelphia.cbslocal.com)
- Mom Seeks Heart Transplant for Autistic Son (healthland.time.com)
- Mom Is Told Son Not Smart Enough To Save. Help Save Paul (ireport.cnn.com)
Dear Lord - help me to be present today with friends, family and students. I can be so distracted with things that creep into my world and 'shake it up' a bit. Help me to put all other "things" on hold - take a deep breath and relax for the moment, fully concentrating all my thoughts and focus on the…