Service Dog Injured – Can You Help Our Friend Byron?
It's a real blessing to have a platform such as a popular morning radio program (KIT) to help get the word out on important causes. From Children's Miracle Network, to helping find missing persons, to rounding up donations for families in need and so much more, the power of radio allows us to tap you on the shoulder, whisper in your ear to make you aware of a need, tell you how you can help, congratulate you in advance for the help we hope will come and then we just let you be you and good things ALWAYS happen! It's Yakima Magic.
We have another such cause to tell you about and this one is personal to s and the show. A long time listener and friend by the name of Byron Kent could use our help.
Those of you who are regular listeners to The Morning News on KIT Radio will recognize Byron's voice, wisdom and awesome sense of humor. He is a historian, a patriot, a keen observer of politics, a member of the Yakama Nation and a proud Marine Corps veteran. He served in Vietnam and has dedicated much of his life to helping his fellow disabled veterans. If a Veteran needs help maneuvering through the government bureaucracy, he is there. If a Vet needs help with every day living, he is there. If a military funeral needs honors and ceremony, he is there.
Byron still carries the emotional wounds from his service and suffers from PTSD. One thing that helps him feel connected to the world is the company of and sense of responsibility for his gentle pit bull service dog Mucca. We've had the pleasure of enjoying Mucca's company during some of our Friday afternoon KIT outdoor gatherings and the dog is mellow and happy and a tail wagging friend to everyone. But Mucca was involved in an accident on Saturday
Here's Mucca's story in Byron's own words.
"Yesterday morning,(11/14/20) a Fed Ex driver delivered a package, and when he left, he ran over my pit bull, Mucca. Mucca is my PTSD service dog. I am a disabled, retired, 69 year old USMC veteran who has been diagnosed with depression and PTSD, among other disabilities. I can no longer hold any type of employment.
Byron B. Kent