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BWC to learn about Shelter to Soldier program


Last updated 10/16/2019 at 11:53am

Vic Martin, U.S. Navy, Ret., and his service dog, Mia, will present the program for the Nov. 7 Bonsall Woman's Club meeting.

BONSALL – The Nov. 7 meeting of the Bonsall Woman's Club will have an extraordinary program and lunch.

The program will feature Vic Martin, U.S. Navy, Retired, who will speak on the Shelter to Soldier program whose slogan is "Saving Two Lives at a Time." This incredible program will feature the path Martin traveled to combat his own transition, after a service-related traumatic brain injury, from depression, paranoia and isolation, to normalcy with the use of a Shelter Dog.

Using his own personal experience as a point of departure, Martin will explain how the Shelter to Soldier Program focuses on the use of a shelter dog to assist those with similar type injuries in the transition back to a productive lifestyle.

He found out about the program after he met with Graham Bloem, co-founder of this magnificent program. The miraculous use of a shelter dog, matched up with the appropriate individual, is the highpoint of this program.

Not only is a human being saved from the constant stress resulting from traumatic brain injury, but a shelter dog is also saved, perhaps from euthanasia.

It's a win-win situation of the highest order. In this case, Martin's and the dog's life were forever changed from one of despair to one of hope. Attendees at the meeting will meet Martin and his service dog, Mia.

The lunch will be a typical Thanksgiving feast with roast turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetables, salad and pumpkin pie for dessert.

The doors open at 9 a.m. with coffee and tea available. The meeting place is The Golf Club of California, 3742 Flowerwood Lane, Fallbrook. To reserve a seat, send a check for $23, made payable to BWC, to Barbara Hartloff, 4202 Palomar Dr. Fallbrook, CA 92028.

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Submitted by Bonsall Woman's Club.


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