Make a Donation in Memory of Rick Morse


Rick Morse 

10.5.46 - 8.1.21

Rick was called up to serve in the Vietnam War in 1967. He never spoke much about his service; however, it was during a reconciliation tour of Vietnam in 2003 that a fellow vet noticed he was showing signs of PTSD. The late onset had been triggered by an unrelated event and was formally diagnosed shortly thereafter.

Despite therapy, Rick increasingly experienced vivid nightmares. He progressively became more anxious about being in a crowd and being exposed to potential threats, both physically and digitally. He became less inclined to socialise and struggled with despondency and depression. For his family, friends and colleagues, it was hard to believe that he was the same person.

A friend from the Vietnam Vets Association suggested that he consider an assistance dog. While he initially resisted the idea, Buddy was welcomed to the family in 2015. Alongside Rick’s wife, Marijke, he literally and figuratively, had Rick’s back.

In addition to being certified for public access, Buddy was trained to learn triggers that resulted in anxiety and distress. He scanned rooms, nuzzled for a pat when he sensed Rick needed contact, and woke him from his nightmares. Later in life, when Rick was largely chair-bound, he barked for Marijke’s attention if he determined that Rick required human support.

In recognition of the exceptional contribution that a service dog can provide to a veteran, and in lieu of flowers, Rick's family invites you to make a donation to Young Diggers.  

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