A story in Menomonee Falls Now out of Wisconsin shows a town that cares about veterans -- dogs. Cody Crangle, a veteran of Afghanistan, met Flo, a Labrador Retriever with a black coat,while they both were in the military. He was in the Marines. She sniffed out bombs. He adopted her when they both got out of the service. He's a 23-year-old finance student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
But she needed repair of her leg -- a $4,000 to $5,000 ACL operation.
The town pitched in.
From Menomee Falls Now: "Under the supervision of Scott Fellenz, Flo had major surgery in August at Family Pet Clinic in Menomonee Falls. People from all over the world rallied when they heard of Flo's injury, which happened while she was playing fetch with Crangle, as it would be incredibly costly to repair."
The story went on to say:
When it became apparent Flo was going to need surgery, which would normally cost as much as $5,000, Fellenz said he knew he had to do something to help the situation.
"When I heard this whole story it just tugged at my heartstrings," said Fellenz, who promptly cut the cost of the surgery in half. "There was no way I was going to let Flo not get the care she needed with an injury like this."
American Bank in Waukesha picked up the remaining tab for the surgery, and opened a fund to help pay for her rehabilitation and continued health care. Flo's "War Dogs" fund has since received more in donations than necessary to cover the surgery, money which Strand said will be used to help in similar situations in the future.
And now it's up to Flo, an 8-year-old black Labrador retriever, to work through recovery with the help of Kristin Luginbill and the staff at Lakeshore Veterniary Specialists in Glendale. At an estimated $1,600, all of Flo's rehabilitation has been donated by Lakeshore, which offers a variety of specialized veterinary care as well as 24-hour emergency care.That is beautiful. So are the letters to Crangle thanking him and his dog for their service.
He says he thinks she suffers PTSD. I think he does too and that it is great that they can help one another out. I also think it is great that the people of Wisconsin helps him out. (Donations can be made by mailing checks addressed to "War Dogs" to American Bank, W239 N1700 Busse Road, Waukesha, WI 53188-1160.)
Meanwhile more than 300,000 human veterans have died while awaiting treatment at the VA.
Maybe we need to a "War Humans" fund.