This week’s episode is an interview with Mason Crosslin from Justice for Huey. Justice for Huey was created to respond the shooting death of Huey, a two year old pitbull. Huey was killed by Mariana Rollins, an Army Veteran with PTSD and other illnesses, who committed suicide last week.
We didn’t talk much about the shooting or Mariana’s death. We talked about his battle with PTSD and how he used what happened to him to advocate for Huey. Mason told me about how he is loving life because of his dog Griffin. She was there with him while I was talking with him. We talked about Heidi, the other half of Justice for Huey and what she was doing.
The point I want to make is Mason took something that was bad for him and has turned it into something good for himself and his fellow veterans. Listen to what he is says. We are hearing a man who wants to bring hope to people who do not have it.
I asked him how we can help. You can help by liking the Facebook Page, Justice for Huey, and following what is going on. Heidi and Mason are keeping it up to date and will respond as soon as they are able to questions. You can also help by ordering T-Shirts and decals from the Facebook Page. The proceeds will to go to Susie’s Hope. Susie’s Hope advocates for unwanted animals. Mason told me they will have order page up early next week. You also have to check out Shelter to Soldier. Shelter to Soldier helped Mason get Griffin, and I hope to have them on Oscar Mike Radio soon. Links to everything will be below.
I have committed to following this and raising awareness about PTSD and how animals can help. Think about what Mason is saying and see if you can get involved. OMR is behind Justice for Huey all the way.
I also want to give shout to Whoobazoo for helping me make this episode work. If you are into podcasting or creating content, you need to check them out.
I know some military and veterans get frustrated that more emphasis isn’t placed on the whyof Memorial Day. I do Memorial Day by having a cigar and thinking about those who paid the ultimate price for what I have in my life. All I ask anyone is while you are enjoying your beer, brats and scenery, just take a moment to think about why you can enjoy all this. A high price has been paid for us to enjoy these times.
I have been following the story of Huey. Huey was a two year old PitBull that was killed by Army Veteran Marinna Rollins on or around April 17th. I had originally called this episode In Memory of Camboui, but someone on Facebook sent me the following link
I think this tells the story better than I could, and certainly better than any newspaper. I started talking to Mason from Justice for Huey.Click here for the group’s Facebook Page —> Justice for Huey
Huey moments his death
Mason filled in some of the blanks I had, and started talking about Shelter to Soldier, a nonprofit that helped him through his PTSD. I would like to have him come on the show next week to talk about his experience and what Justice for Huey is doing. I wanted this episode to be a way to say that many people recognize the good that animals can do for Veterans with PTSD. I also wanted to state that there are Veterans who would be alive if they could have had access to a dog like Huey.
I asked people on Facebook about PitBulls and service to people. I just want to say thanks for everyone who reached out to tell me about their experiences with PitBulls, service animals, and PTSD. I also wanted to say thanks to Autumn Blake from the Fayetteville Animal Protection Society for taking the time to talk about Huey. There is a need for animals like Huey in people’s lives. I can’t speak to his killer’s actions. I have not watched the video of Huey being killed. I don’t think I ever will. Mason tells this story in a heartfelt, authentic way. He is looking at coming on for Episode 43 and I have committed to raising awareness for the work he and Justice for Huey is doing. More to follow on this.
The Complaint Department
They have a problem with all the people military or otherwise who expect something for nothing. POG & GRUNT are tired of hearing about people who want to be handed everything. I see their point. I also know there are amazing people out there.
Wild Hearts Horses for Heroes – Wild Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Program
I met Julie Lovely on South Shore News and Views a couple weeks ago (Oscar Mike Radio – Wild Hearts for Heroes Blog Post). She talked about her equestrian outreach program for Veterans with PTSD. She has a Benefit Dinner May 20th, 2017 at the Easton Country Club. I hope you will check it out.