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Larry's Team (War Dog Memorial)

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THE STORY:

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War & Service Dog Memorial

The creation of a new life-size War and Service Dog Memorial in the Wyoming Veterans Memorial Park has begun! Families on the Front Line and the Wyoming Veteran Memorial Park have partnered with several local organizations in an attempt to raise the necessary funds to complete this historic tribute to all War and Service Dog heroes. However, we had a long way to go. After months of searching for the right partners to help bring this memorial to life, we found Chive Charities, a non-profit organization dedicated to championing veterans and first responders causes. Chive Charities donated $60,000 to the memorial, and partnered with us to launch this flash fundraiser with the goal of raising the last $50,000 needed to make this memorial a reality! As we band together to make this final push, we would be honored if you would join us.  

The inspiration for this Memorial is the story of a War Dog: Major Mike‐5, or "Mike". This Belgian Malinois combat veteran completed two tours of duty in Iraq in 2008 and 2009. He was a loyal companion to his combat handler, Green Beret Army veteran Sergeant First Class Matt Bessler of Powell, Wyoming. Man and dog together received two Bronze Star citations as an Explosive Detection Team. Mike found over 2000 lbs. of explosives during his deployment, saving countless military lives. Both soldiers suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. They had each other's backs and the bond ran deep. They made it home safely together; however, in retirement, Mike met an untimely death and was laid to rest with full military honors, befitting the hero that he was. This is just one story of our heroic military service dogs and their place in history.

The use of dogs by the military dates back as far as 600 BC, and war dogs have been a part of virtually every conflict since. War dogs of the United States have a legendary history of bravery and courage on thousands of unnamed foreign fields of battle. These four‐legged heroes are currently employed by all US military branches with duties as scouts, sentries, trackers, mine and booby‐trap detectors, water patrols, search and rescue, and explosive detection.

Additionally, this memorial pays tribute to Service dogs that are recruited into a variety of roles in law enforcement, including search and rescue and special missions, and task dogs that assist their human partners with vision impairments, physical disabilities, and therapeutic needs.  Service dogs are often partnered with veterans who have both physical and mental health wounds of war, and help ease their transition back into civilian life.

We are all deeply indebted to these K‐9 heroes and their handlers. This Memorial has been designed and created to recognize and honor all American War and Service dogs and their handlers for their great service and sacrifice.

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To This Fundraiser

$2,575

MONEY RAISED
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  • Justin Carter

    $10

  • Manuel Weiss

     

  • Chivers Jeff

    $25

  • Wes Jones

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Linnea Dearing

    $50

  • Russ Kent

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Brian Elliott

    $25

  • Jason Weiss

    $20

  • Andie Keister

    $30

  • Karl and Ruth Joyner

     

  • Anonymous

    $25

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    $25

  • Greg Tosh

    $50

  • Diego Alcocer

     

  • Jason

    $30

  • Cassie Barsalou

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $1,000

  • Joe Young

    $25

  • Zach and Erin Casey

    $50

  • Mark Mallett

    $25

  • cathy keatts

     

  • Milton M

    $10

  • Caleb Jakushev

     

  • Andy Flynn

    $10

  • Chris M.

    $50

  • J Miller

    $10

  • Andy Flynn

    $10

  • Cindy Bashaw-Downing

    $25

  • Jonathan Stewart

     

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Doesn't matter

    $10

  • EVAN LAMBOURNE

    $25

  • Green Family - Erie, CO

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Todd Shirk

    $25

  • Cullie Gentry

    $25

  • Breanna Ferreira

    $10

  • Aunt Norma

     

  • Woodrow and Maggie

    $25

  • Rachel Berdula

     

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Mark Dobil

     

  • Damian Majuta- USN Seabee

    $10

  • The Carlock Family

    $100

  • Brian Chandler

    $250

  • Ethan Temple

    $25

  • Jimmy Callahan

     

  • Zane Hawkins

    $10

  • Dillons

    $25

  • The Ellis Family

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Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $15,144 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

JOIN THE TEAM
Fundraiser Title

Larry King

Amount Raised

$11,192

Fundraiser Title

JoAnn Diaz

Amount Raised

$2,575

Fundraiser Title

Brendan Hay

Amount Raised

$1,376

Donor Comments

The Ellis Family

The Ellis Family

DONATION: $50

7 months ago

Dillons

Dillons

DONATION: $25

Misha, Pico, Ben, Otis, and Lou 7 months ago

Zane Hawkins

Zane Hawkins

DONATION: $10

7 months ago

Jimmy Callahan

Jimmy Callahan

Chive on! 7 months ago

Ethan Temple

Ethan Temple

DONATION: $25

8 months ago

Brian Chandler

Brian Chandler

DONATION: $250

As an EOD tech, I understand and have the ultimate respect for the work these dogs and their handlers do. Their sacrifices should be honored and remembered always. RIP Mike. 8 months ago

The Carlock Family

The Carlock Family

DONATION: $100

In Memory of all service members who made the ultimate sacrifice. 8 months ago

Damian Majuta- USN Seabee

Damian Majuta- USN Seabee

DONATION: $10

In Tribute to Mike 5 8 months ago

Mark Dobil

Mark Dobil

8 months ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $25

8 months ago