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'Birdies for the Brave' Tees Up Support for Vets

Wounded warrior hitting golf ball

Armed Forces Press Service | Apr 16, 2014

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- Known for its plush landscape and daunting 17th-hole island green, the Professional Golfers' Association Tour headquarters here also boasts a flourishing military outreach program for total force military members and their families, the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said yesterday. Mar... more

Combat Vets Battle an Enemy Within: Addiction

Philadelphia Inquirer | Apr 15, 2014

The first time Pearson Crosby went to the methadone clinic at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center in early 2013, he asked his father to go with him. But couldn't tell him why. Crosby, who played varsity basketball at Council Rock High School South, had served four years in the United States Marine Corps, with two tours in Iraq. When he came ho... more

Abandoned Veteran and Rescue Dog Save Each Other

Will and Shae

Pets for Patriots

A two-tour Army combat veteran who lost everything when his wife abandoned him reclaims his life with the help of a rescue dog desperate for a second chance. Injured in Service and Abandoned at Home In 2005, Will enlisted in the National Guard and deployed to Kosovo in June of 2006 on a peacekeeping mission. Three years later, he deployed to A... more

Shelter Dog “Light of Life” for Army Vet and Wife

George and Ruxin

Pets for Patriots

Ruxin was an adult shelter dog like so many others, wanting nothing more than a secure life in a loving home. In 2013, just before Christmas, the shelter dog got his wish: an Army veteran and his wife, still reeling from the loss of their beloved dog, were smitten by this two year-old Beagle mix. The rest, as they say, is history. George retire... more

Tampa-Based Military Dog Retires With Honors

Associated Press | Apr 11, 2014

 TAMPA, Fla. — Staff Sgt. Shannon Hutto thought his bomb sniffing dog Eddie was just being lazy when he wouldn't move from a certain spot one hot day in Afghanistan in 2012. But Hutto then saw what Eddie smelled: a homemade bomb, partially buried in the dirt. It was six inches from Hutto's foot. "It was a high stress moment," Hutto said. A sh... more

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