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Pets for Patriots
For veterans struggling with the emotional and physical trauma of their service, a companion pet is often the right prescription to help heal mind, body, and soul.
Pets for Patriots helps these veterans find and afford a “last-chance” pet: adult and special needs animals, and large breed dogs — those most overlooked.
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For Christopher Farias, the first pitch thrown during the Father's Day game at Dodgers Stadium will be something he will remember for the rest of his life. Unexpectedly honored as the Veteran of The Game, Farias thought that award was going to be the biggest surprise of the day. Faria's father had something else in mind, however. Decked out in full Dodger game gear, Farias father played along as catcher until he could make his surprise reveal. For the first time in eight years, father and son were able to reunite for Father's day.
Emma had hoped that her dad would make it home to watch her perform her first gymnastics routine, but her dad was (as far as she knew) overseas. Unbeknownst to his wife and daughters, this dedicated father had a special surprise planned for all of them. It may not have been his most complicated mission, but I'm sure it was his favorite.
After only six weeks of marriage, Billie D. Harris shipped off to battle as a pilot, and he would never return. For the next 68 years, his devoted wife, Peggy, continued the search for answers before finally uncovering the remarkable truth in a quiet field in France.
While the crowd gathered at the starting line, a 95-year-old vet donned his WWII uniform and took a seat on his front lawn to applaud the passing runners. Each year the 408K Race to the Row raises funds for the Pat Tillman Foundation, so Joe Bell wanted to show his appreciation, but he was the one in for a surprise.
Navy Commander Dennis Crews has stayed in close contact with his daughter Kaylie's second grade class. He frequently skypes the class from Afghanistan in order to keep them up to date on how he was doing and to answer any questions they have. Thursday seemed like a typical skype session with the commander, who told the class that his video connection could be lost due to the weather he was experiencing in Afghanistan. Seconds after that comment, they skype connection was lost and Kaylie lost visual of her dad. Little did she know, he was a lot closer than she could have ever imagined.