Officer Donates Motorized Recliner To War Veteran

Despite their heroism, veterans of war don’t always retire comfortably. But for a select few, luck was just around the corner. While some were able to kickstart their careers with a hefty donation, others received a hero’s burial. For senior vet Ron Barwick, help was walking along the street — and donating a brand-new recliner.

“I posted something on Facebook, just to some family and friends at like 5 in the morning on Monday, and within an hour, 6:00 we had over a dozen people that had stood up and responded to the needs of a fellow man,” said Officer [Jordan] Gaiche.

In a speedy 36 hours, Gaiche had raised enough money to purchase Barwick a new motorized recliner. For the Vietnam warhorse, it was a treat, as back problems made beds a lingering nightmare.

“I think the real heroes are a man that served his country, a neighbor, I think that neighbor’s a hero. And 21 people that gave money I think they’re the heroes in this,” said Officer Gaiche.

Some may look more like heroes than others — but the job is totally up for grabs, no matter who you are.

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Former Marine Trains Shelter Dogs To Help Veterans

Beyond the fluff, dogs are more than just a humble companion. They act as guides for both humans and animals (including cheetahs!). However, most therapy animals are purchased from breeders, not shelters. This former marine is training abandoned dogs to help veterans suffering from PTSD, giving both a second chance at life.

In 2014, [Chris Baity] and his wife, Amanda, 35, launched Semper K9 Assistance Dogs, which provides free, trained rescue animals to be the equivalent of battle buddies for veterans suffering from physical or mental disabilities.

The dogs are trained to detect oncoming anxiety attacks and distract owners until they are calm. Because of its success, Baity’s organization has been recognized across the nation.

The volunteer-run nonprofit earned Baity the 2016 Red Bandanna Hero Award, which recognizes those whose efforts have made a difference and enhanced lives in an extraordinary way.

Remember, folks — not all heroes wear capes. Or pants.

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