Congressman John Joyce visited Greencastle this month to meet with the “Save-A-Vet, Save-A-Pet” program. Franklin County Commissioners put the program in place through the Veterans Affairs Department. It pairs disabled veterans with service dogs in Franklin County.
During the Congressman’s visit, Blaine Beam of Greencastle, a veteran and participant of Save-A-Vet, Save-A-Pet program, and two other veterans received service dogs.
Blaine and his new companion, Freedom, make up one of nine veteran/dog pairs since the program’s inception in 2015. The Save-A-Vet, Save-A-Pet program operates with community donations and grant funding.
“I was proud to see the Save-A-Vet, Save-A-Pet initiative connect service dogs with our nation’s veterans,” Joyce said. “I am humbled by the service and sacrifice of those who choose country over self.”
He thanked the Good Dog Paws team for its support of veteran communities.
Commissioner Chairman Dave Keller called the ceremony “very moving.”
“Hearing the veterans and their families describe what a difference the dogs have made in the veteran’s life really drives home the importance of this program,” he said.
The program is currently accepting donations for the program. To support this worthy cause, make checks payable to Franklin County Veterans Affairs and mail it to Franklin County Veteran Affairs, 425 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg, PA 17202.
Additionally, Veteran Affairs is hosting a golf tournament on Friday, September 3, at the Penn National Golf Club on the Iron Forge Course. Visit this link to learn more.