Having a Service Dog

Service Dogs

Written for the Crockett Foundation, by Diane Baren – October 2016 I spoke with a Veteran recently whose Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms include dreaming of people who have committed suicide – who he doesn’t even know. For humans who have PTSD that affects them in nightmares a Service Dog can be ready to work even while sleeping. The …

PTSD vs. Common PTS

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Written for the Crockett Foundation by Diane Baren, October 2016 Recently I spoke with a Marine Veteran who’s articulate, bright, and living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Sometimes people yearn to talk about what’s going on inside themselves – with someone who will understand. Listening, very well, helps build rapport between people. The Veteran and I understood one another, …

Service Dog Etiquette for Us Average Dog Lovers

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Written for the Crockett Foundation by Diane Baren, October 2016 Recently I had a meeting with an art instructor who lives with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) herself and has a certified Service Dog. Wilson, the dog, is trained to park himself on a purple yoga mat beside Margaret when he’s on duty. Margaret’s able to carry on a conversation, …

Military Working Dogs: No retirement plan for these heroes.

Service Dogs No Retirement Plan

Written by Diane Baren for the Crockett Foundation – October 2016 Always Faithful is an outstanding full length documentary about US Marine Corp dog teams serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. It’s remarkable to see the ties these active duty Marines have with their military dogs. There’s a story about an injured Marine being taken away for surgery and insisting that …

JJ’s Early Days

JJ Dillon Interview

Jim Dillon’s Early Days in Charlotte   Younger wrestling fans today mostly associate James J. Dillon with his stellar run as the leader of the “Four Horsemen” in Jim Crockett Promotions in the 1980s, or his time as an authority figure during the “Monday night wars” when things were so hot for WCW during the Nitro era. What those fans …

Les Thatcher: The One Bad Decision I Made while with JCP

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Mike Johnson of pwinsider.com has done an amazing interview with Les Thatcher, a legitimate wrestling Hall of Famer. This interview encompasses Les’ many years with the National Wrestling Alliance and specifically his time with Jim Crockett Promotions. Les worked with Jim Crockett Promotions beginning in 1963 as a wrestler for the great Jim Sr. himself and eventually also worked in …

Threads for Jarheads

Memorial Day

Most people are familiar with wrestling, whether it is on a professional scale or at an amateur level. After all, who hasn’t gone to a wrestling match or spent time with the family gathered in front of the television in order to root for their favorite star? Chances are, you’ve done that yourself. Wrestling is one of those things that …

Thunderbolt Patterson

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Growing up in the Crockett family meant you knew the wrestlers for different reasons other than their ring personas or their win/loss record. We never really knew who was a good guy and who was a bad guy. We only knew them through our personal interactions with them. Whether it was being taught how to cook Japanese food by a …

Thank You, Truly

Crockett Foundation Thank You

As I sit here tonight waiting on the release of Crockett Foundation’s first press release of 2016, one word keeps coming to mind…grateful. In 2015 the Board of Directors of the Crockett Foundation and myself, as president, decided to go public with our quest to help veterans and retired military dogs. For 30+ years we have been helping folks with …

No License, Small Problem

Crockett Foundation No License Small Problem

Jim Crockett, Sr. was a mountain of a man but he did not stand a chance against a little, tan, blonde haired, blue eyed girl that refused to get in the car with him. Refused to get in the car until law enforcement confirmed that he had a valid driver’s license. You see one of Big Jim’s many quirks was …