The Malinois Foundation is excited to announce another service dog and veteran match will be made in just a few weeks. Marshall, an energetic, 6-month old Belgian Malinois will be united with his new handler, Jeff.
Jeff started his working career delivering papers, and when he became of age entered the military. He served in the 24th Infantry (Taro Division) in Germany and then was transferred to Vietnam where he served with MACV-Ord. out of Pleiku. Missions took them into areas where Agent Orange (AO) was prolifically used to reduce vegetation.
He was injured twice but it was the Agent Orange that would eventually disable him later in life. It was almost 1967 when he left the military as a decorated combat veteran of the Vietnam war.
In the civilian world, Jeff continued his education and worked at Lucent Technologies where he advanced in management. The effects of AO begin to show up by way of cancer and multiple issues. It finally forced him into retirement. He then began the fight to become as healthy as possible. Having some successes, he has mobility issues today and continues to work on improving his health. He also helps his wife with her business in their home office working back office tasks a few hours a day.
Jeff's health challenges are a day to day fight, requiring constant trips to the Phoenix VA Health Care System. As with the old adage, "No pain, no gain," Jeff's mantra is that he can deal with the pain as long as he receives some gain.
We're incredibly excited to see the gains made by the Jeff & Marshall team!