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  • Both abandoned, combat veteran and rescue dog save each other

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    Tuesday April 15th, 2014 at 07:42 AM

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    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 theNational Guardand deployed to Kosovo in June of 2006 on a peacekeeping mission. Three years later he was deployed to Afghanistan where as part ofan infantry division out of Massachusetts he connected with some of the same soldiers he served with in Kosovo.

    During his...

  • Adult shelter dog a “light of life” for Army veteran and his wife

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    Tuesday April 8th, 2014 at 06:54 AM

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    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.

    In 2005, George retired, many years after his service in the Army Finance Unit. He was drafted in 1958 and recalls one of his most memorable times in the military,...

  • Air Force couple and rescue dog make beautiful music together

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    Tuesday April 1st, 2014 at 07:07 AM

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    An Air Force husband-and-wife team traveled the world as military musicians, and are now singing a different tune with their first-ever rescue dog. This is their story, told in their own words.

    Hello! We are Dan and Lori from Omaha, Nebraska.

    We are both retired United States Air Force veterans who proudly served 26 and 21 years as musicians in the USAF military bands. Our careers took us all over the world performing music for our military members and civilian communities. It was an exciting...

  • It’s all relative: Einstein joins Navy family

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    Tuesday March 25th, 2014 at 06:48 AM

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    For one four-legged Einstein, life is all relative as he becomes the latest member of a growing Navy family.

    It was a cold and dreary day in 2012, about two weeks before Christmas. Like in so many shelters, rescues, SPCAs and humane societies around the country, a homeless dogsat in an Indiana shelter with no home and few prospects of finding one. Unbeknownst to him at the time, the little dog known as Einstein was about to get early holiday present: the prospect of a much brighter future with...

  • 9/11 rescuer and Iraq war veteran combats loneliness with feline battle buddy

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    Tuesday March 18th, 2014 at 11:01 AM

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    When theWorld Trade Center collapsed on 9/11, Steven left his home in Chicago to join the rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero for three weeks, an experience that inspired him to enlist in the Army. But it was a four-legged, feline battle buddy that helped him combat the loneliness of his post-military life.

    While in the Army, Steven served as aBlackhawkcrew chief for six years, and flew more than 1,000 hours overIraqover the course of two deployments.Despite being twice deployed, his...

  • Marine veteran saves shelter dog “no one wants”

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    Tuesday March 11th, 2014 at 05:46 AM

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    A Marine Corps veteran draws upon lessons learned in the military to save, and be saved, by a shelter dog who was overlooked and unwanted.

    Angela joined theUnited States Marine Corpsin 1992. She was stationed atCamp Lejeunewith the 2nd Force Service Support Group and served as aLegal Services Specialistuntil the end of her contract in 1996. Over the five years that followed, she gave birth to her son and daughter, respectively, and welcomed to the family Ladie aBlack Labradormix who...

  • Screaming Eagle promises homeless dog a “fulfilling life”

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    Tuesday March 4th, 2014 at 06:17 AM

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    Joshua is an Army combat veteran who served five years with the 101st Airborne, including a yearlong deployment to Iraq. He returned to an empty home that is now complete after adopting a homeless adult dog aching for a second chance at life.

    The former Screaming Eaglejoined the Army out of high school. One of the most memorable moments of his military service when he was deployed to Iraq between February 2003 and February 2004.

    We had an arms market in the area of Baghdad we were located....

  • Retired Navy veteran gives shelter dog “chance to be needed”

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    Tuesday February 25th, 2014 at 06:06 AM

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    John is a retired Navy veteran who was coping with the unbearable loss of his senior dog, Chad, until he and his wife saved a sweet, spirited shelter dog named Hunter. Thanks to our partnership with the Virginia Beach SPCA for making their story possible, as told by John.

    A true blue military man

    Though I was fully retired from the Navy in 1995, I continued to work in the same occupational field as when on duty. Even today I work as a civilian employee for the United States Army at Fort...