Hello once again.

Let me begin this post by sending a thank you to Bruce Fischer and everyone at Injustice Anywhere. The internet radio interview earlier this month was amazing. We greatly appreciate the fact that Injustice Anywhere chose to profile our story and that they ultimately decided to endorse my case. Thank you. I would also like to send out a very special thank you to Lisa, our web administrator and advocate. She was awesome! On behalf of me and my whole family, we love you Lisa. Although she was very nervous, she did a sensational job during the interview. She is my hero and best friend. Lisa, you are amazing.

And then there is my mom and daughter…as difficult as it can be for me to be reminded of how all of this has affected my family, I can’t tell you how much it means to me to have ALL of their love and support. All of my family, friends, and other supporters give me strength to get through each day. To Amber…I am sorry. I am sorry for all you have had to endure. I am sorry that through no fault of your own, you have gone without so much. In spite of all the difficulties and obstacles you have had to face throughout your childhood, you have become a beautiful, smart, sensitive and strong young woman. You have CHOSEN to be happy and to have hope. I am so proud of you. I love you.

Brian, Amber, and Lily  September 2014

Brian, Amber, and Lily
September 2014

In my last post I promised updates on Lily, the Black Lab I have been blessed to have an opportunity to train as a NEADS service dog. She is great and very smart. She knows all 54 commands necessary to become a service dog. I am looking forward to her being placed with a client that needs her. She is scheduled to graduate sometime next month. I am sure Lily will change, as well as enrich someone’s life. This past weekend Amber and I took a picture with Lily in the prison’s visitation center. Lily will stay with us in our hearts.

I would like to tell you all about one of the best, most rewarding parts of the NEADS Prison Partnership Program. Every few months there is a dog graduation. Once a service dog has completed their training and has been placed with a client, the clients come into the prison to meet the men that trained their dogs. This past week I had the privilege to attend the most recent graduation ceremony here at the prison. I had the honor to meet three disabled veterans, diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The three soldiers came to the facility with their newly placed dogs to meet us and thank us personally for training their dogs. Each of them explained how their dog will change their lives, and what having a service dog means to them. It was amazing. For us, the trainers, the graduation brings the whole process full circle. It can be very difficult for us to be given a new puppy who knows nothing, training her and take care of her for up to 18 months, then ultimately having to watch her leave to be placed with a client. Getting to meet the person who has gotten her…seeing their smile and love for their new service dog, makes it all worth while.

Thank you once again to everyone for their love and support.                                                 Everyday brings us One Day Closer…


4 thoughts on “9/29/14

  1. Randy Estrella

    My long lost friend. I am so happy to see you doing something so good and rewarding. You have always been missed my friend and I wish you all the happiness in the world. Someone who has such a huge heart like you do should be in the real world because I have no doubt how much of a difference you could make in this world. To see the difference you have made to people in the NEADS program is such a wonderful thing but not a surprise to me. You were always one of the most caring people I ever had the privilege to call my friend. I would love to keep in touch with you more. Life is a struggle my friend but I know you know that. I love you brother and I am very proud of you. Be safe.

  2. vickie fetterman

    Brian, Though we have never met you are an amazing family. Blessed with a precious family and I cannot say enough about Lisa. She is an inspiration to me and a huge help. I am praying things continue to move ahead on your case, I wish you all of God’s best. I hope someday I get to meet you and shake your hand, I would be honored.
    What touches my heart and soul the most is while seemingly you have reason to be bitter, you have chosen life, that says volumes. Praying for you all and God’s perfect time, best to you.

  3. Maureen Costa

    Wow so nice to see Brian. I knew him very well, he was best friends with my daughter and son in law, who is no longer here with us. God rest his soul.


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