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WOOF FOR VETS A Dog, A Difference

“Suck it up!”, “Only slugs go on sick call!”, “Don’t let your team down!”, “Push through it!”–These are just some of the things that a soldier hears. A soldier lives a life seeing things that no person should have to see, doing things that no person should ever have to do, and hopefully living through things that no person should have to live through. It does not take long before a soldier finds himself or herself trusting no one outside of his or her platoon, self-medicating on whatever will stop the thoughts in his or her head, and living a life that is reckless. Those are the good times. Soldiers will eventually find themselves on the outside of the military, which means no one to trust and no one who understands the pain in their minds. All of this leads to isolation and a mindset of “to heck with everyone”. Every soldier who has ever put a uniform on understands this to some degree. Everything that made you a perfect soldier now makes you a broken civilian; a square peg surrounded by round holes. There is nowhere to fit in. What does a soldier need in the midst of all of this? The same thing we all need, unconditional love. A love that is there no matter what you have done. A love that says “I love you no matter what.” This is where an organization like “Woof for Vets” makes all the difference in the world. For some veterans, it is the difference between life and death. A dog can bring life back to eyes that haven’t had life for a long time. A dog can bring hope to someone who hasn’t had hope for a long time. And a dog loves no matter what. “Woof for Vets” is changing lives, one dog at a time. I had never heard of this organization prior to visiting with a good friend from church, who told me about this organization that would provide him with a dog at no charge. He was excited just talking about it. I want to thank the breeders who are willing to donate beautiful and wonderful dogs to those who most need them. My friend was able to get the best looking and best natured Lab because of Sam, breeder and “Woof for Vets.” There was one problem. My friend was in a dorm- like setting where he was not allowed to have a dog that was not house trained. This is where my family came into the situation and took the puppy. We worked with the puppy until he was house trained and could go live with my friend, the veteran. Once this was done, my

friend welcomed his puppy with arms wide open. We have an awesome organization in “Woof for Vets” that can coordinate adoptions. We have some wonderful breeders who are willing to donate dogs, but we could always use more breeders. If you are a dog breeder, please contact “Woof for Vets” to learn how you can be involved. There is also something that each and every person who reads this article can do. Those who have been blessed financially can donate to help this great cause. Those who have time and a desire to play a part in this can donate their time and resources to help a great cause. No matter the role you choose to play, you can rest assured that you are helping to provide unconditional love to a soldier who needs it. Written by Walter, Veteran

Definition of a Veteran A veteran – whether active duty, retired or national guard or reserve – is someone who at one point in his or her life, wrote a blank check made payable to “The United States of America,” for an amount of “up to and including their life.” That is honor, and unfortunately there are people in this country who no longer understand it. ~Author Unknown 12

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