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December 19, 2021

Hundreds of volunteers place wreaths on the graves of fallen soldiers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Hundreds of volunteers came out Saturday morning for Wreaths Across America ceremonies. There were several ceremonies in Charlotte and Matthews area. Our Larry sprinkle took part in the ceremony at Forest Lawn East Cemetery.

Volunteers spent the day at both locations placing wreaths on the graves of the country's fallen heroes and reading their names aloud.

"The purpose of this is to remember, honor and teach," Stacey Krespan, from Wreaths Across America, said. "Remember our fallen veterans and teach our children the value of freedom."

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Nashville Voyager
October 27, 2021

Hi Chris, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I was the K9 Unit supervisor for the Madison County (FL) Sheriff’s Office and became involved in training the dogs as well. Upon completion of Top Tier K9’s Foundation Dog® trainer program, I had the opportunity to give one of my best friends a service dog I trained to help him deal with his PTSD.

Immediately after that experience, I was contacted by a charity in Texas to provide a service dog to another deserving veteran whose service dog had recently passed. The feeling you get from truly helping others and seeing their lives change in front of you is amazing. It was at this point I decided to start our charity, Forgotten Coast K9, and help as many veterans and first responders as possible...

Service Dog

The Vandalia Leader
October 23, 2021

According to Jeff Minder, currently it can take as long as 10 years for a veteran to get a service dog. Saturday, he brought a puppy to Valerie Hollingsworth four months after she enrolled in his dog training school.

Minder, a master dog trainer who built his own school from the ground up, said he came up with a better and faster way to provide service dogs to veterans who need them. He can also train dogs for other activities, as well. And noted, he was able to train the first dog to detect the COVID-19 virus. Valerie, who was a helicopter mechanic for the U.S. Marine Corps, and her husband, John, will be starting a dog training and breeding business early next year on their farm just north of Curryville...

Serene Artist Images. Photo By Amanda Thompson, Aug 15, 2021

Service Dogs

Monticello News & Jefferson County Journal
June 17, 2021

It's dark. You can barely make out the shape of the woman in front of you as she walks down the stairs into the basement. You can hear the wood creaking beneath every step. Your heart is racing. Every sensor in your body is telling you to run the other way, but you don't. You can't move. Suddenly, a dark shadow reaches out and pushes the woman down into the inky abyss. You let out a shriek, as do the rest of the people in the theater, before you have a good laugh at your own expense. Having a panic attack is, in many ways, like watching a horror movie, only often and without consent or warning. Our bodies are naturally built to alert us when danger is present...