The Palos Heights nonprofit that supplied Buster the dog to the veteran wants to turn what happened at the gas station into a teachable moment.
The anxiety Christopher Majewski is often so overwhelming, even crowds of people at a mall can be too much for the 31-year-old vet. Majewksi, who now lives in Oak Lawn, served two tours in Afghanistan with the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division and now suffers from post traumatic stress disorder. To help cope, he was partnered with a service dog designed to aid him when the anxiety of a situation becomes too much. "Before I got him, I was a wreck. I didn’t go anywhere," Majewski said. "Then, I got him. We went to church the other day. We go out to eat." "And the nightmares ... jeez," he said. "When I have a bad nightmare, he's there. He's waking me up. He sleeps across my chest." The pair ran into a bit of an issue in late November at a Palos …
Students from Little Learners Preschool helped raise money for PAWWS, an organization that connects veterans with PTSD and service dogs.
Monday, May 14, 2012
Little Learners Preschool and the Palos Heights Parks and Recreation Department held a special "HOP FOR P.A.W.W.S" fundraiser. The children raised $300.00 hopping to help purchase a service dog for a veteran suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Pam Barnett founder of Paws Assisting Wounded Warriors, joined the fun and hopped with the children. She brought her dog Olive and read "Bielo" the children's book she authored. She spoke to the preschoolers about the many ways service dogs assist both children and adults with special needs. They learned about search and rescue dogs and pet safety. It is the hope of Rita Schultz, the Little Learners preschool instructor that other schools will help our disabled veterans and "HOP …