Meet William, another amazing ambassador for the Easter Seals Walk with Me Houston 2021 event on April 24.
Will was born in Nashville Tennessee and was inspired by his Stepdad, who served as general counsel for the Army, to join the military in 2009. Will was stationed at Scholfield Barracks in Honolulu Hawaii, and had his first deployment in August 2011. While on a mission in 2012, his vehicle was hit by an 180-pound IED blast causing him to have many health complications and finally leading to having his leg amputated. This experience has caused Will to struggle with anxiety and PTSD, which his service dog, Charlie, has helped him cope with. The Thomas’s have had Charlie for several years now and have worked with a couple of dog trainers in the past in efforts to get him certified as a true professional service dog, but have not had good experiences with the training process until they connected with Easter Seals’ Veteran, Service Member and Military-Connected Family Services and Allie, the My Service Dog trainer. Easter Seals has made an impact in Will’s life by giving him the opportunity to train Charlie to become an official service dog and connect with other veterans in the community. The Thomas’s give a tremendous thanks to Easter Seals and Allie for their support and guidance to help make their beloved Charlie a true professional service dog, and providing an outlet whenever Will just needs someone to talk to.
Join Will and the rest of the ambassadors either on your block or at the Houston Zoo.
Learn more about our other ambassadors here: https://walkwithmehouston.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=cms.page&id=1004&eventID=510