Gerald has distinct memories of Korea, where he served with the
82nd Anti-Aircraft Artillery (82nd AAA) based out of the 38th
parallel. A lot of life transpired between his time in the Army and
where he is today – in his 80s, divorced and largely alone –
but life changed radically and for the better when he adopted a
companion pet through Pets
for Patriots in 2014.
Tiger is a scruffy little dog who brings hope and vitality to
Gerald – and much-needed companionship.
Photo credit: Pets for
“I’m basically the last man standing because I had two
brothers and two sisters and they all passed,” he says, adding
that only one of his contemporaries is still alive. “So I was
basically by myself with no friends, and I’m used to having a dog
Recently Gerald fell on hard times financially and reached out
to Pets for Patriots for help. Tiger had been suffering from severe
scratching and various skin allergies, causing open sores. But due
to his circumstances, Gerald could not afford to take Tiger to the
Pets for Patriots stepped in through their hero fund for
veterinary care and used money from a GreaterGood.org grant to help Gerald
and Tiger. This allows them to support Gerald with food and other
essentials he needs for Tiger so that this elderly veteran is not
faced with surrendering his best friend to the shelter.
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Source: FS – Dogs – iHD
Donations Helped Keep This Veteran And His Last Living Friend Together