Many war veterans experience difficulties getting used to the life they had in their home country. Sadly, some of them suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and need the help of service dogs to cope with the state of desperation they find themselves trapped in.
Willie Williams is a 73-year-old veteran who served in the Vietnam war. Currently, he resides at the Freedom’s Path on the Chillicothe VA Medical Center campus in Ohio. But as it turns out this place isn’t really pet friendly.
Just recently, Willie got an anonymous letter that turned his world upside down. Using some harsh words, he was threatened to leave the place.
“Willie, it’s time for you and your dog to go. You will no longer be tolerated. Move out.”
But it didn’t stop there. Shortly after, the campus authorities sent him an official letter asking from him to choose between his service dog Diamond, or his apartment.
Apparently, someone saw Diamond walking inside the campus without her leash, which Willie says was just a one-time occurrence.
Struggling with depression, loneliness, and isolation, Diamond is his only friend and companion and he can’t imagine his life without her.
Without seeing a way out from the unenviable situation, Willie turned to the media for help. But the campus’ lawyer was straightforward regarding this veteran’s case. Unless he gets rid of Diamond, he can no longer stay in the campus.
As he isn’t planning on abandoning his loving dog, Willie faces homelessness in the weeks to come.
“This is not a spot and place I want to be in right now in my life. Like I said, at my age, I don’t know how much time I got. All I want to do is live and let live”, he said in a heartbreaking statement.
Please take a minute of your time to share Willie’s plea for help. Let’s spread the word and demand fair treatment for both him and Diamond.