Amazing: “Paw” Stories of the Season
Move America Forward | November 29, 2012
|Afghanistan vet adopts bomb-sniffing dog
By Scott Brand – The Evening News via AP
Monday Nov 26, 2012
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. - When word recently arrived in the Sault that Willy was ready for adoption, Gage LaMothe didn’t hesitate.
And a half-day of driving 800 or so odd miles to Virginia wasn’t going to stand in the way for this former Marine.
LaMothe arrived in less than 24 hours.
“Me and Willy hold the record for most finds,” said LaMothe.
LaMothe had already completed two tours in hostile lands when he decided to become a dog handler.
“I volunteered for it,” he said, explaining his motivation. “I witnessed one of my friends die after stepping on an IED. If I could save just one life, it would be worth it.”
After training with for five months, they were deployed to Afghanistan, where they spent every moment together.
“On some of the operations, he was the only thing to pack to keep me warm,” said LaMothe, noting it can get awfully cold at night in the desert, and the foot patrols required him to carry in Willy’s dog food and water, instead of a sleeping bag. “I would curl up with him at night.”
After returning from his third tour of duty, LaMothe was honorably discharged from the Marines. He said, without going into detail, the only reason he returned from his last stint was because of Willy: “He saved my life, twice.”
Black Friday / Cyber Monday Shopping Spree?
Black Friday and Cyber Monday have turned into a shopping bonanza that for some shoppers almost eclipses the importance of the Thanksgiving holiday it’s built around. Indeed, many people were concerned to see some shoppers shun their families and forgo Thanksgiving dinner to be first in line at stores opening earlier and earlier this year.
Whether you took part in all the sales or stayed home and avoided the crowds, remember our troops as we think about our holiday shopping and buying gifts for friends and family.
Bargain-hunting can be a worthy endeavor, but bear in mind that the troops are out there Taliban-hunting for our sake, and you cannot put a price on the value of the work our troops do for us back home.
Please send some support to our troops this holiday season and let them know that even if we stood in line for six hours outside the mall, we never forgot about them spending six, nine or twelve months in Afghanistan to keep us safe.
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