Iraq War Veteran’s Service Dog Could Cost Him a Place to Live

Dogs aren’t allowed in the complex, said Jillian Jans, but a service dog is an exception, as stated by the property’s previous manager and as noted in a letter on the property door. That manager left in January, she said, and the new manager has seemingly disapproved of Alli on multiple occasions, including when she accompanied Jon into the management office.

Jon was told the dog couldn’t be there, but the Americans with Disabilities Act permits service animals into any public space where he is. But according to the apartment supervisor, it’s not where the dog walks but where she “goes” that’s the problem…

During Operation Iraqi Freedom, Jon worked nine-day rotations. Three days would be spent on patrol in Ramadi, a city 68 miles west of Baghdad. He’d spend another three days training the Iraqi army, and he was stationed inside the American military compound for three days. He and his men would patrol the city four times each day on their slotted shifts, with Jans behind the wheel of a Humvee. During one of those patrols on March 9, 2006, an explosive detonated near his vehicle. He was knocked unconscious.

His lasting symptoms include a constant dull headache, seizures, blackouts, short-term memory loss and post-traumatic stress disorder. In social situations, Jon’s combat reflexives are triggered. Alli is trained to walk a perimeter around him, to keep space between Jans and the people around him. She is trained to position herself between her owner and someone who approaches him unexpectedly, to prevent a physical reaction. She can sense an impending seizure, and is trained to recognize when a blackout might be brought on by the pinched artery in his brain. Oftentimes, her mere presence puts him at ease and helps him sleep through a night.

She has been “a godsend,” Jillian said.

“It’s so hard to put it down on paper what she does for him,” she said. “When he came home, he was on 18 medications when he got out of the Marines. He was on nine when we first got her. He’s on six now.” …

One thought on “Iraq War Veteran’s Service Dog Could Cost Him a Place to Live

  1. well, ok the new manager is wrong about where the dog is allowed to be–it is allowed to be ANYWHERE that the owner goes. All he need do is get and show her a photocopy of the code (which can be gotten at the library, for free), or he could contact legal aide (free) and have them give him a copy of the code regarding housing and service animals. if she still refuses, then get more help from legal aide or consider moving. and yes, i do think its disgusting, and this is exactly what i would do. actually, what i have done, in order to keep my Emotional Support Animal where I live.

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