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Pets2Vets Changing Lives Of North Texas Veterans

KEMP (CBSDFW.COM) – Jason Allen doesn’t go far without Sarge. In fact, he doesn’t do much of anything without his Boston Terrier.

When the 33-year-old from Kemp is hurting he turns to his faithful buddy. When he’s emotionally drained Sarge is the one helping him cope.

“I don’t really like to think where I would be if it weren’t for Sarge,” said Allen. “He is really motivating. When I don’t feel like getting out and I need to he’ll go and grab his leash and ‘hey we need to walk.'”

Sarge may be helping him, but it’s what Allen has done for the country that’s left him with severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He’s a Marine and the says the battle for him didn’t end when he came home from war.

When Allen returned home he hit rock bottom.

He says he tried finding comfort in family, friends and even the church, but nothing worked until he found therapy in his new companion.

“I had died for four-and-a-half minutes at Buford Memorial Medical Center,” Allen remembered.

He was in Afghanistan and had an infection, which led to lingering back pain and that made him angry and depressed.

“I didn’t care anymore I really didn’t just didn’t care,” said Allen. “I realized after I put a hole in a wall and two out of shear anger that I really really have to take this serious.”

Jason had heard about a program called Pets2Vets, a non-profit organization based out of Arlington Virginia.

The organization matches veterans with shelter dogs and cats and it provides training and even pays for the pets health insurance.

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Allen said in just a few short months he’s noticed a difference, “My parents have noticed… my wife has noticed. I don’t get as angry as quick when he’s around I know that when I get angry he’s going to put his head right next to me and if I get angry that will scare him and I don’t want to do that.”

Sarge got his name after one of Allen’s mentors.

He’s a year and a few months old and has already given Allen a reason to help continue his fight against PTSD.

“It gives me another purpose they say that every Marine needs a purpose and a Marine without purpose is a lost soul,” said Allen. “That dog definitely saved my life he has in ways I couldn’t really describe to anyone it’s just the feeling he gives.”

Allen is the first North Texan to be matched through Pets2Vets.


One Comment

  1. Charles E. Taylor GMC(SW) USN Ret. says:

    I think it’s great to hear there are organizations like pets 2 vets, but I was a little concerned that you mentioned, while I watching on tv, that this was the first vet in N. TX to recieve a service animal such as this. Please check into Patriot Paws, they are a local group that have been doing this for N. TX for several years and have provided numerous service animals to vets in N. TX over the last fews years and they are also the first ones to do this for vets period, as I understand it. They also help rehabilitate prison inmates as animal trainers to provide the services needed for such a program.

    1. Lynette says:

      Actually, P2V doesn’t provide service animals as such, just companion animals who have been rescued from shelters. Allen is the first N TX vet to be matched with a rescued shelter animal via P2V not, I’m sure the first one to be provided a service animal. The specialness of the story isn’t that Sarge is a service animal, but that he’s a rescued shelter animal.

  2. Pets for Patriots says:

    Pets for Patriots ( is another charitable organization that connects last-chance shelter dogs and cats with service members and veterans, provides access to ongoing discounted veterinary care and contributions towards pet food and other basics.

    They have programs in various Texas communities as well, including San Antonio, Austin and Killeen.

  3. Suzette Holmes says:

    Do all of the animals you take come from shelters? My reason for asking is I have an almost 2 year old Double Dapple Miniature Dacshund that is adorable. She was born deaf, but a very sweet dog and so cuddly and snuggly. My husband hates dogs and because Miley is deaf she doesn’t obey as well as my other 2 dogs. She is stunning, gets so much attention wherever we go. a month after I got her I fell, experienced a bicondylar tibial plateau fx and after a year and a half can just now ambulate fairly well. My daughter has just been diagnosed with ovarian cancer at 36 yr old and I just can’t handle the stress of everything, especially with the hatred of my husband for her.

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