Major Benjamin H. Follansbee


4th BN, 3rd Special Forces GR (Airborne)
Green Berets
Feb. 11, 1981 – Dec. 10, 2012


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Major Benjamin Follansbee was an airborne Ranger who subsequently earned his coveted Special Forces tab and became a Green Beret. He was a HALO free fall jumpmaster and a Special Forces ODA team leader as well as a Special Forces company commander. He served on multiple deployments in both Iraq and Afghanistan and was described by his peers and mentors as being highly dedicated and accomplished, but also humble, loyal and compassionate. Major Follansbee had two bronze stars among his many commendations and was repeatedly identified by his senior officers as being destined for high command. He had a promised nomination to Delta Force. An avid student of history, Major Follansbee was dedicated to and lived by the highest standards of Special Forces. Tragically, Major Follansbee took his own life in December, 2012.

His parents, Dr. and Mrs. William Follansbee, know firsthand the alarming statistics about suicide in the military and the challenges that many veterans face as they transition from military duty to civilian life. For that reason, the Follansbee family, in partnership with Animal Friends, has established the Major Ben Follansbee Pets for Vets Memorial Fund to support the Pets for Vets Program at Animal Friends. Some estimates suggest that as many as 20% of returning military veterans suffer from PTSD, depression or other related conditions. It is believed that companion animals can not only be a friend but potentially a lifesaving therapy for many returning service men and women.

The Animal Friends for Veterans programs are dedicated to supporting veterans and providing a second chance for shelter pets by rescuing, training and pairing them with America’s veterans who could benefit from a certified companion animal. Your gift today to this important program will help us begin to bridge that connection between a potentially lifesaving companion animal and the veteran who so desperately needs him.

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Click here for more information about these important programs or here to learn more about the national Pets for Vets program.

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    $1,500 - Underwrite the entire cost of one lifesaving and life-enriching match! 
    $500 - Help to underwrite the cost of the six-week certified training the pet will receive before going home. 
    $250 - Assist with the cost of food, toys, supplies and other resources to ease the transition into the veteran's home. 
    $100 - Support the cost of any medical care needed to ensure the pet is healthy and ready to go home! 
    $50 - Help to provide vaccines for the selected pet to ready them for adoption. 
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