Reported by Max Winitz - bio|email Posted by Debra Worley - email
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The Carolina Canines organization is being recognized nationally for its work with disabled veterans.
The organization has been providing service dogs to the disabled in our community for some time, but recently Carolina Canines went a step further by giving dogs to disabled veterans.
Carolina Canines founder Rick Hairston and his 2-year-old guide dog, Issac, traveled to Washington D.C. this week, where Hairston was presented with a $5,000 grant from the Fisher House Foundation and Newman's Own.
The organization was one of eleven picked to receive a grant, from a list over 100 agencies nationwide. In one way or another, each provides help for veterans and their families.
"There are just different ways that ordinary people in the community can step up and take a leading role in ways that have never been done before," said Hairston. "That's why Carolina Canines for Vets was chosen."