Two Veterans with Disabilities Benefit from Local Students' Fundraising Efforts

Posted at: 04/12/2014 10:53 PM
Updated at: 04/25/2014 8:29 AM
By: Hannah Tran

Two veterans will benefit from local students' fundraising efforts.
Two veterans will benefit from local students' fundraising efforts.

(ABC 6 News) -- Bag, after bag, after bag. Students from John Marshall High School collected unwanted clothing to raise 50 thousand dollars.

“We’re helping service men and women who have been injured in the line of duty”

Those helping hands come in the form of paws. This is Ranger, Patrick Zeigler’s service dog. To be clear, Ranger was provided by the group, Pawsitive Perspectives Assistance Dogs or PawPADs and not the students at John Marshall or the organization they're raising money for... the Warrior Canine Connection. 

Still, Ziegler says having a service dog is life-changing, “It’s changed my life a lot, having my dog with me everywhere I go.”

The left side of Ziegler’s body is paralyzed. He survived the deadly Fort Hood shooting in 2009. Since then, he’s had Ranger for help with daily activities, “He can get me off the floor when I fall, he can open doors for me, too.” adds Ziegler.

And that’s why these students are raising 50,000 dollars. With every pound of clothing here, 20 cents goes towards giving 2 service dogs to wounded warriors like Ziegler.

Every other minute, cars rolled in with clothing donations.

Each sectioned panel inside the truck that’s filled with bags of clothing all the way to the top is about a thousand pounds. After three hours, students had around 7 thousand pounds.

“Our goal is 25,000 pounds of clothing so that we can earn enough matching funds to buy a second service dog for wounded warriors." that's according to these students.

Ziegler’s disability from a brush by death doesn’t seem as bad with Ranger.  Somewhere…sometime…two other wounded warriors will also find a helping paw.