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Organizations that help military families need votes

At no cost, Hearts Apart photographs military families before a troop is deployed overseas. (Source: HeartsApart.org) At no cost, Hearts Apart photographs military families before a troop is deployed overseas. (Source: HeartsApart.org)

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Voters have less than 30 days to cast votes in a national competition spotlighting groups two groups that assist military families.

The White House selected HeartsApart.org and Carolina Canines for Veterans as two of 20 finalists in the Joining Forces Community Challenge, which recognizes individuals and organizations that do their best to reach out and serve military families.

Currently, HeartsApart.org is in third place with more than 3,300 votes for the People's Choice award.

Carolina Canines is in ninth place, with almost 1,000 votes.

At no cost, Hearts Apart photographs military families before a troop is deployed overseas.

Last month, WECT.com featured the organization and families who participated in photo shoots. To see that story, click here.

The organization also produces pocked-sized mementos that deployed men and women can take along with them to help remember his or her family members at home.

Carolina Canines for Veterans provides trained service dogs for veterans with disabilities. The program works with military prisoners, teaching them how to train rescue dogs as service dogs for wounded and injured veterans.

Carolina Canines began at Camp Lejeune and now does most of its work at the Naval Consolidated Brig in Charleston.

Both groups are headquartered in Wilmington.

There are 27 days left to vote.

To vote for HeartsApart.org, click here.

To vote for Carolina Canines, click here.

Winners will be announced March 16 and will be invited to Washington, D.C. to be recognized.

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