Stories of hope

Vets to Vets United exists to bring hope to the lives of veterans and dogs in need. We will share more stories of hope in the future.

Rhea and Allee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

finally be reunited in a safe place
with her being able to lie at myfeet, or wake me by nudging my hand, even mouthing me gently if I don’t wake fast enough.

 

But all of this would not be possible without Dr. Terry Morris and the organization called Vets to Vets United, Inc. From the first time I spoke with Dr. Morris on the phone and poured my heart out to her (along with a lot of tears), she without hesitation offered her compassion, a truly understanding heart and the spirit of a fellow dog lover. My gratitude is unending. 

 

Together we went out to the local animal shelter on the day Allee was to be euthanized!! Vets to Vets United worked along with Coalition to Unchain Dogs, to save Allee from certain death. Playfully, I reminded Allee that she was not a cat and therefore the nine lives rule did not apply. 

 

Though the last year of being in a forced homeless situation was hard, it was more devastating to put my dogs through the pain of losing our home and protection that was taken away, though no fault of their own. Trying to find a home where I could have my dogs and reestablish our lives was an eye-opening and heartbreaking experience. This experience I hope to never repeat. 

 

Now that I have Allee back in my life, I know that I am going to be ok.

 

How do I put into words what my heart can hardly contain? To be reunited with my Allee and her with I is so overpowering, it’s hard to phrase. When I first held her back in November, who would have guessed that nine months later we would 

Paul and Wego

I am a disabled veteran due to an

injury in 2013, resulting in surgery, a

debilitating stroke, balance,

cognitive and PTSD issues.

In my mind, being so physically

handicapped and having lost my

ability to continue working in my

field to support myself faced a

seemingly hopeless future. I was

emotionally incapable of thinking

coherently, barely able to take

care of myself, having been

homeless, indigent and had all

but given up with a plan to end

my life.

 

I went through a period of homelessness ultimately finding assistance (medical & housing) through the veterans administration,  and meeting Dr. Morris in 2014 who was instrumental in helping Wego and me become a team.

 

Always a dog lover, I was introduced

to Vets to Vets United, Inc.(VTVUI), 

a non-profit organization who

matches rescue dogs with veterans

in need and empowers us to train our

own service dog(s). Wego had been

adopted from a shelter in NC.

 

When Wego and I were introduced,

it was an instant bond. With the

hands on assistance of the

Founder/Director Dr. Terry Morris,

We trained, struggled, and worked

becoming inseparable partners living

for each other.

 

With the financial assistance of VTV, I adopted Wego

and committed to his care and training for his lifetime. After 18 months Wego is a registered Service Dog, I am training other veterans(part of the agreement with VTV is to give back through volunteerism), and we are a registered active Pet Partners therapy team regularly  touching lives at a local senior center as well as in the Durham VA Regional medical center.

 

Thanks to Wego, and Vets to Vets United I found the will to fight, the desire to live, and joy in reaching out to others  through therapy work and working with other veterans and their rescue dogs to hopefully, improve their lives so they can find the joy of life and living.

Robert and Levi

The VTVU Program is absolutely a

great program.  Levi (My 3 year old

Labradoodle) and I have been in the

program for a short period of time

and have learned an immiscible

amount of training.  The quality

of training that Dr. Morris offers

is second to none.  The ability for

her to teach group classes while

still offering one on one instruction

is above all reproach; thus enabling

the teams to focus on what they

need to improve upon clearly &

directly.  The program has helped

Levi and I learn everything from the basics to advanced commands, which in turn has helped us build a better bond.  I go nowhere without him; which was my number 1 goal – to have him with me in public, everywhere.   I feel one of Dr. Morris’s true passions behind the VTVU program to help Veterans regain freedom back into society by bonding dogs and humans as an indispensable team is phenomenal.   As a Veteran, this program has improved my quality of life significantly.  

Nick and Winston

What Winston has done for me is huge.

Before I got Winston I was depressed

and was not on the right track in life.

I was having a bad time coping with

what I had been threw and was

suffering from PTSD. I thought that it

would pass and that I was stronger

than anything. I was angry a lot and

was hurting. I had pushed people away

huge. I was fighting my own demons

and was taking it out on people who

were letting me vent.

 

In 2014 when I had finally decided to

get help and fix myself, I heard about

Vets to Vets United. At first I was

unsure of how a dog would help but I

wanted to give it a try. The day I met Winston at training I was happy I tried to hide my smile, but when I left training I called a friend and talked to them for 2 and a half hours about Winston and how I was happy.
 

Since he has arrived at my house I smile I am not angry.  If anything, I worry not about me, but
about my Best Friend because, well he is the biggest thing in my life and without him I would not
be how I am today.

Since getting Winston, I am full of energy and I strive to be better. I get help with PTSD and I have motivation to do better in life, not only for me but for my best friend. I wake up in the am and I smile because I have a friend that listens and helps me with my struggles. He has the biggest heart in the world and every day I try to match that.


Winston and Vets to Vets United have changed my life from a dark place to something
I look forward to.  In the end Winston and I 'are what a true definition of a family is.

Nick and Winston

What Winston has done for me is huge.

Before I got Winston I was depressed

and was not on the right track in life.

I was having a bad time coping with

what I had been threw and was

suffering from PTSD. I thought that it

would pass and that I was stronger

than anything. I was angry a lot and

was hurting. I had pushed people away

huge. I was fighting my own demons

and was taking it out on people who

were letting me vent.

 

In 2014 when I had finally decided to

get help and fix myself, I heard about

Vets to Vets United. At first I was

unsure of how a dog would help but I

wanted to give it a try. The day I met Winston at training I was happy I tried to hide my smile, but when I left training I called a friend and talked to them for 2 and a half hours about Winston and how I was happy.
 

Since he has arrived at my house I smile I am not angry.  If anything, I worry not about me, but
about my Best Friend because, well he is the biggest thing in my life and without him I would not
be how I am today.

Since getting Winston, I am full of energy and I strive to be better. I get help with PTSD and I have motivation to do better in life, not only for me but for my best friend. I wake up in the am and I smile because I have a friend that listens and helps me with my struggles. He has the biggest heart in the world and every day I try to match that.


Winston and Vets to Vets United have changed my life from a dark place to something
I look forward to.  In the end Winston and I 'are what a true definition of a family is.

Nick and Winston

What Winston has done for me is huge.

Before I got Winston I was depressed

and was not on the right track in life.

I was having a bad time coping with

what I had been threw and was

suffering from PTSD. I thought that it

would pass and that I was stronger

than anything. I was angry a lot and

was hurting. I had pushed people away

huge. I was fighting my own demons

and was taking it out on people who

were letting me vent.

 

In 2014 when I had finally decided to

get help and fix myself, I heard about

Vets to Vets United. At first I was

unsure of how a dog would help but I

wanted to give it a try. The day I met Winston at training I was happy I tried to hide my smile, but when I left training I called a friend and talked to them for 2 and a half hours about Winston and how I was happy.
 

Since he has arrived at my house I smile I am not angry.  If anything, I worry not about me, but
about my Best Friend because, well he is the biggest thing in my life and without him I would not
be how I am today.

Since getting Winston, I am full of energy and I strive to be better. I get help with PTSD and I have motivation to do better in life, not only for me but for my best friend. I wake up in the am and I smile because I have a friend that listens and helps me with my struggles. He has the biggest heart in the world and every day I try to match that.


Winston and Vets to Vets United have changed my life from a dark place to something
I look forward to.  In the end Winston and I 'are what a true definition of a family is.

Rochelle and Marty

Having Marty in our family is a

true joy. I always brag that we

have the smartest dog in the

world! I was diagnosed with

having post traumatic stress

disorder and my son has a

hearing disability; however

through it all, Marty brings

extra love, patience, and

energy to our family that

only he knows how to do.

 

Without Marty our lives would

not be the same; he's my baby. We love him so much and are so appreciative for Vets to Vets United, Inc in helping us add Marty into our family. A very special thank you to Dr. Morris for all she has done for our family. We love you!!!

Vets To Vets United, Inc.

732 Ninth Street Box #595

Durham, NC 27705

ph:  919-683-1360

fax: 919-683-1360

alt: 919-452-8745

tmorris@vetstovetsunited.org 

2017 Dr. Terry Morris

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