VetDog Speech at National Harbor

Pat Horan

So it as been a weird week. Monday night we dropped, my nephew Texas, at my dad’s house. We watch the USA soccer game. Texas stay there that night. Patty and I went to Oxon Hill, MD. We stayed at the Gaylord National Hotel. This place is very new and very enjoyable. We got there and walked around. We went to get some sleep. It was true, WILSON was going to be a superstar the next day!!

The next day we got up early for talking to the NCMS. (Society for National Security Professionals) There were over 2,000 people in attendance. The first 5 minutes I told them how I got hurt in Iraq. I showed them my skull. The last 5 minutes it was about WILSON.

Working the booth.

Working the booth.

I told them what Wilson can do for me. If you don’t know Wilson: he wears a harness (I am weak on the right), I tell him to go left or right(he does), he helps me walk straight and if I have a seizure he barks until I wake up.

Later the American VetDogs had a table. Many people came by to ask questions. Many people came by to tell us a story, then they started crying. It is so frustrating that so many people have family or friends that have died because of war.

On Wednesday Patty and I went to go eat and the “Metro 29 Diner Restaurant.” It is exciting because my new friends, Will and Mike, came with us. It is confusing, but they sort of work for Wounded Warrior Project. They help me!! Later that night I got to go eat with my friend Groooov. He is a great friend. I have known him my whole life.

Thursday I got up in the morning. I was getting changed to get ready for Walter Reed. In about 10 minutes later I started feeling bad. I lay down and relaxed. But it didn’t work. A seizure was starting. Patty told me to lay down and close my eyes. She gave me an ativan to relax. After 10 minutes the feeling passed. I was allowed to open my eyes again. Patty told me that my right arm was stuck. But I was back to normal. Then I realized that I was tired. I didn’t even watch much soccer the last two days.

Hopefully, Saturday will be better.

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