Giving Wounded Warriors
a Fighting Chance
Jason Ehrhart, three months into a tour of duty in Iraq, was in a Humvee that took a direct hit from two mines. Jason was severely injured with a TBI (Tramatic Brain Injury) and feared he would never be able to leave the Veterans Administration hospital.
With the help of Freedom, Jason’s service dog, Jason is able to live at home with his family. His mother, Pam has noticed the positive changes that Freedom was able to facilitate with Jason. “Speaking as a mother, I have felt comfortable leaving Jason alone for a couple of hours knowing that Freedom is with him,” Pam said. “That alone has made a huge difference. Jason now argues about going out with us, preferring to be home alone. His sense of independence and responsibility has grown in a very short time.”
Freedom has also helped Jason overcome some seemingly insurmountable medical odds and taken Jason’s doctors’ expectations to a whole new level. His neuropsychiatrist, for one, was extremely impressed with Jason’s progress and enthusiasm about Freedom. Without his dog Freedom, Jason may have never been able to get to his current state of recovery.