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Bring SSD Ellen Home!

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SSD Ellen is a Military Working Dog. She deployed to Afghanistan with my husband SPC Joshua Tucker from April 10-11. He was injured on that deployment and Ellen was returned to Lackland AFB to be reteamed.


Josh's doctor has recommend we petition the Army to release her from her duties to the US and allow her to retire and be my husband's service dog. Please help us achieve that goal!

A little more info::

So I haven't really explained what's going on... Here's a little back story: Josh got Ellen at Lackland AFB in 2009, he deployed with her out of Ft Lewis WA April 10-11, less then 90 days after they got home we (us and Ellen) PCSed to Ft Myer VA. The true seriousness of Joshs combat wounds showed about 30 days after we got to Myer and he was hospitalized for 3 months.

The whole time he was hospitalized his unit promised him Ellen was waiting for him and to just get better... Finally the day before he was released the unit called me and told me I needed to tell him Ellen had been sent back to Lackland months ago and he wasn't getting her back. It was the hardest thing I've ever had to say to him.

That was 2 years ago. We have been fighting ever since to get her back. His doctor has written many letters stating Ellen needs to be returned to Josh as HIS service dog if we have any hope for a meaningful recovery from the PTSD.

I went to congress and they submitted paperwork requesting Ellen be returned and retired and the Army heartlessly said no. If you ask me, by saying no they are turning their backs on the recovery of a soldier who was wounded while serving our country in Afghanistan.

I'm hoping with enough public support and attention they will return Ellen to Josh and allow him to recover...

Thank you for taking the time to read this and to support my family in this goal!

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  • Tiffany Stenderup
    Tiffany Stenderup United States, Phoenix
    Mar 12, 2014
    Mar 12, 2014
    For what it's worth, I dated josh tucker. I was actually the girlfriend when he started dating his wife. He is a lying cheating piece of S*%& and I remember him in Afghanistan he would call me at like 3 am. I'm a liscensed psychologist and he had never once shown signs of PTSD. Just narcissism and mild sociopathy. I'm not saying that he shouldn't have his dog back but I do not think that half the cases of PTSD are real. Like Mr. Tucker, I have noticed in my work that quite a few military men just really enjoy the attention "war wounds" can get them. Why give him your respect and well wishes when all he cares about is himself. He joined the military not for his country but because he got paid to sit on his ass for 12 hours a day in Washington with his buddies at a guard post playing video games and listening to country music. Don't trust 70% of PTSD cases people! Seriously.
  • Howard Belkin
    Howard Belkin United States, Riverhead
    Dec 11, 2013
    Dec 11, 2013
    I'm a Vietnam combat veteran and urge everyone to sign up to bring SSD Ellen home to serve as Josh Tucker's service dog. It is such a no brainer!
  • Tonya Dugan
    Tonya Dugan United States, Pineville
    Dec 10, 2013
    Dec 10, 2013
    As I watch my husband struggle on a daily basis, I can't help but agree with Josh's Dr.'s. Ellen would truly help Josh. I wish my husband had something to hold onto also, but his MOS didn't have WMD's. Hopping Ellen comes back to Josh. It would be an accomplishment of bringing hope back to many more than Josh. Thank You Josh for what you have done and to your wife for loving us all enough to fight for you!!!!
  • Megan Smith
    Megan Smith United States, Fredericksburg
    Dec 10, 2013
    Dec 10, 2013
    BRING ELLEN HOME. Don't turn your backs on a soldier with PTSD.
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