It was a wonderful reception and everyone had a great time! Katie, the bride, was beautiful and glowing. Ryan, the groom, was handsome and proud. This special wedding couple started their marriage off with a very giving gesture, in lieu of table favors at their reception, they took the money and donated it to Project: Troop Dogs. How Wonderful! Thank you Katie and Ryan and we wish you all the best!
Last week during one of the beautiful unseasonably cool days, Ron and I traveled to Holmdel NJ to visit the Us War Dog Memorial at the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial/Vietnam Era Museum and Educational center. http://www.njvvmf.org/United-States-War-Dogs-Memorial
The statue of a soldier and his war dog stands at the entrance of the Vietnam War Memorial. Although the Vietnam war began ‘before our time’, the educational center brought out many emotions. One of the aspects that was hard to imagine was how the soldiers were not just unsupported, but many were condemned for their efforts. Seeing and hearing the effects that had on the soldiers makes us even more motivated to support today’s MWD teams.
Ron Aiello, founder of US War Dog Association and the person we work closely with to get the addresses of the MWD teams , was the gentleman who petitioned to have this memorial sculpted and placed in Holmdel. Notice the stone with Ron’s MWD Stormy’s name on it. Ron was a MWD handler in Vietnam.
These two brave soldiers could use our support. They just arrived in Afghanistan.
UPDATE: Care packages are on their way!