We are proud to have selected SGT Nathan Taylor as veTcave Recipient

SGT Nathan Taylor served as a Human Intelligence Collector (35M) in the U.S. Army National Guard.

SGT Taylor returned home from a year- long deployment in Iraq in June of 2011.  After returning home he struggled to maintain steady employment and battled severe depression.  His family and friends tried for several years to convince him to seek out help, which led to a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by the Veterans Health Administration.  Through therapy, and the intense love and support of friends and family, Nathan continues on a positive path of recovery and self-improvement.

Nate has developed a desire to help others struggling with PTSD and has become a great advocate, working with Mental Gurus and others to develop a way for veterans to track their mental status, and find the help they need and deserve.

In May 2019, Nate was diagnosed with brain cancer, which led to brain surgery.  The surgery left him 100% paralyzed on the right side of his body.  He spent nine weeks in the hospital in the rehabilitation unit before he could go home.  He is blessed to have a strong therapy team to aide with his rehabilitation and is regaining some of his lost mobility.  Nate has inspired countless people with his no-quit attitude.

Nate has dreamed of starting a business where he can incorporate his passions and skills of training dogs and their owners; as well as partnering with other non-profit organizations to provide therapy and companion dogs for veterans and other emergency services with canines.

While in school, Nate studied animal behavior and training.  He became an accredited trainer in 2003 and has worked with dogs ever since.  He was involved with the development of a program to aide autistic youth and dogs.  He then went on to study search & rescue, hunting, therapy and other training techniques. 

Donations for Construction

Goal: $5000

SGT Taylor’s veTcave construction will occur August 6-8, 2020. 

Thanks for your support!