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Sgt. Preston S Hartley PTSD Memorial            Helping Heal Hidden Wounds

Help More Veterans Start Living the Life They Deserve

Daily, we lose 20 to 22 veterans to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Recent scientific studies reveal that there is a clinically significant reduction in PTSD symptoms in veterans with service dogs. However, training these dogs could take months and cost up to $25,000, a luxury that most veterans are unable to afford. This is where we step in.

A 5013(c) nonprofit organization, Sgt. Preston S Hartley PTSD Memorial works with various organizations and groups to provide aid to our veterans in Central Texas. We work with a group that is certified to train service dogs and teach veterans who want to participate in training their current pet, as well as a foundation that specializes in equine therapy, among others.

Your donation to our memorial fund will help more veterans start living the life they deserve. Our goal is to expand our reach by continuously finding deserving programs and partnering with other charitable organizations in Austin and other parts of Texas.

Our Mission

We honor our veterans who struggle daily with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) by helping them obtain the services they need but cannot afford. Including adopting and training of a service dog, equine therapy, as well as finding other organizations that can assist them in managing PTSD.

Preston’s Journey

Preston was born on December 21, 1985, and lost his battle with PTSD on April 14, 2017. He joined the Army shortly after graduation and became a member of the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood.

During his service, Preston did two tours in Iraq, having received a stop-loss order after his first tour. During his second tour, Preston was promoted to sergeant and became fluent in  Spanish and German. 

Many of his military comrades recall that he was always cracking jokes, laughing, and making others smile. However, he felt lost once he was home and never received the help he needed.

Our co-founders Lynn and Dale Hartley started this memorial as a way to heal and help others who feel as lost as Preston. We want to get them the help they need!


It took my life,

It was a rough life after the Army

I was suffering.

No one noticed.

I was all alone inside and out,

That’s what if felt like.

I knew I wasn’t but it hurt,

I was hurting inside.

I never knew how I was supposed to feel

Was I supposed to feel a certain way

Was it supposed to feel a certain way

Was it supposed to be so hard,

Was it normal the flash backs, Illusions,

was it all actually supposed to happen,

No one understands how hard it is.

Once you have seen it you can’t un-see it

Its stuck in your head

You never un-see.

- Written/Copyrighted by Niece Savannah H.

Our History 

In 2017, we began this journey to honor the memory of our loved one who lost his battle with PTSD. Within six months of the establishment of the Sgt. Preston S Hartley PTSD Memorial, we were able to help our first veteran on December 21, 2017.

Meet Our Team