Okay, so as a veteran myself and a true blue American I feel we need to keep those fellow veterans in mind and give back to them for all they gave for what we have in the US, heck around the world! So to help our fellow veterans I found a local organization that does just that which is a not for profit running off of donations from you, and helping provide shelter dogs as service dogs once trained to our Veterans and healthcare for veterans dogs as well. As a veteran myself I will be taking advantage of these services, but to give back I want to train and run the Long Island Half Marathon on May 5, 2019- training from Jan 28th until "race" day. Not having run an Half marathon in a few years now and training in single digit temperatures I will not give up the idea of running and raising money for this organization to make my race truly mean something to me, something near and dear- In fact I may end up running with the AMERICAN FLAG as I will be training with my AMERICAN Foxhounds for the 14 weeks beforehand and unable to race with them legally and all. (Unless I do get special permission of course, but honestly for the safety of all and people not paying attention to the leashes all the time, I may just opt for the flag on race day to signify my American Foxhounds- maybe with a flagpole and two flags of course the AMerican Flag and right underneath a flag representing the Paws of War organization. Proudly telling everyone about this great organization and all they do for our vets!