GREENCASTLE (Oct. 12, 2019) — Franklin County Veterans Affairs is partnering with five Lowe’s Home Improvement stores to help local veterans. Over 100 Lowe’s volunteers will be in town this month to build kennel runs for the county’s Save-A-Vet, Save-A-Pet program.
The volunteer workers are part of the home improvement chain’s Lowe’s Heroes program. While in Franklin County they will build dog runs for a program that matches rescued dogs with local veterans.
Local veterans organizations are excited about the project, which takes place this week at the Good Dog Training School in Greencastle.
“This is beyond exciting,” said Director of Veterans Affairs Justin Slep. ”We are so thankful to be chosen by Lowe’s for this project that will help our Franklin County Veterans.”
The volunteers will help construct 10 new kennel runs for program service dogs.
“Our company is geared around veterans and we want to do a project for veterans,” said Chambersburg Lowe’s manager Pamela Hartzok.
The large-scale outreach has spurred help and donations from numerous community businesses and organizations, Slep said.
Lowe’s Heroes is a company-wide program that gives employees an opportunity to make a lasting impact on their communities.
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Operation Save-A-Vet, Save-A-Pet helps Franklin County veterans with service-connected disabilities lead happier, healthier, and more productive lives. The program benefits the veteran, the dog, and the community.
Operation Save-a-Vet Save-a-Pet‘s goal is to help both veterans and shelter dogs.
Through a grant from the Pennsylvania Veterans’ Trust Fund, Veterans Outreach Fund and donations, Franklin County veterans can receive a service dog trained to help with their disabilities. The dogs are provided free of charge. Veterans can also enter their own dog to attend classes to become a service dog at a small fee.
The program helps local veterans with service-connected disabilities lead happier, healthier and more productive lives.
Trained dogs can help veterans with seizure disorders, diabetes, PTSD, psychiatric disorders, stability and traumatic brain injury.
The dogs, all local rescues, go through a year-long training by Helen Carlson. Carlson owns and operates Good Dog Boarding, Doggie Day Care & Training with her husband, Brad, in Greencastle. She has been training dogs for over 36 years.
The training includes a three-phase intensive program ending with a final phase between the veteran and dog. It is free to the veteran.
Support for the program comes from donations to the Franklin County Veterans Affairs Office at 425 Franklin Farm Lane. A person can also donate to the Pennsylvania Veterans’ Trust Fund when renewing their PA driver’s license or vehicle registration.