Off Beat Another chance for Navy veteran and pet Chance

first_imgThanks to two local Gold Star mothers, a veteran got his Chance … and Chance — a mixed-breed dog — got a second chance.Elizabeth Johnson and Wendy Campbell were part of the network that flew the service animal last week from Boston to Portland International Airport, where James Allensworth was waiting to meet him.Johnson’s son, Army Cpl. Jeremiah Johnson, died in 2007 as a result of injuries suffered while serving in Iraq. Johnson works for Horizon Air in their cargo freight facility at PDX.Campbell’s son, Army Pfc. Andrew Shields, was killed by a suicide car bomber in Afghanistan in 2008. The Battle Ground Gold Star mother also is part of a couple of animal-welfare networks. Campbell, an Army veteran herself, also is affiliated with the Patriot Guard Riders; so is Allensworth.After Allensworth put something up on a Patriot Guard Rider site, “one of them contacted me about finding Jimmy a service dog,” Campbell said.“I was on Facebook, talking about (post-traumatic stress disorder) and depression,” said Allensworth, a Tigard, Ore., resident who was in the Navy from 1978 to 1984. “The next thing, a Gold Star mom reaches out.”last_img

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