The Honor Flights Network Gives War Veterans Free Trip to Washington DC

** To commemorate National Medal Of Honor Day, OGTV is sharing this video to give thanks to the generations of veterans who have sacrificed so much to protect our freedom. **

The Honor Flights Network, a non-profit organization, makes it their year-long mission to provide free transportation to American veterans to Washington DC so that they can have the opportunity to reflect on their service. From the Korean War to the Vietnam War and beyond, all Veterans are invited to participate, however, special consideration is given to our American Veterans who fought during WWII.

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Kirstie Ennis - US Marine Helicopter Gunner, Amputee, Athlete, and Model

** OGTV honors National Supreme Sacrifice Day with a story about a woman who served in the Marines, was severely wounded, and her unshakeable spirit to overcome hardship to become an inspiration and role model. **

Marine Kirstie Ennis grew up with military parents and always knew she would join the Marine Corps and it was no surprise when she did at 17. She became a Helicopter Door Gunner, "...the most bad to the bone job in the Marine Corps you can possibly have."

While she was serving in Afghanistan, a mission to transport fellow Marines and supplies became a life-changer. Kirstie's copter crashed and she suffered multiple injuries, including the loss of her leg.

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Non-Profit Matches Veterans with Therapy Dogs for Life Changing Support

** In celebration of "K-9 Veterans Day", we wanted to share this heart warming story about how a service dog is helping a Vet with PTSD **

Brett Simon was a veteran K9 police officer who went on to work as a contractor for the Department of the Army as a bomb dog handler. However, after serving two tours in Iraq, he returned home suffering from PTSD.

Led by his Mom, Shari Duval, who had worked for veteran's charities near their home in Jacksonville Florida, Brett's family undertook two years of research to find a solution to help Brett and others with this condition.

Their research focused on canine assistance for PTSD. Ultimately, they started a non-profit organization. K9s For Warriors, dedicated to providing service dogs to warriors suffering from post-traumatic stress and/or traumatic brain injury as a result of their military service (post 9/11).

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This Program Keeps Military Families Close Together Through Reading

** Read Across America Day celebrates the simple joy of reading. Enjoy this story of how a special organization is making it possible for service members to read to their kids even when far from home. **

United Through Reading is a non-profit that offers active duty military service members the opportunity to pre-record themselves reading books to their children at home. The program's mission is to keep the connection between parents and children strong, all while encouraging literacy and making homecomings easier.

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Deserving Veterans Family Gets Decked Out For Christmas!

The decorations we put up for the holidays are temporary—but that doesn't mean they're unimportant. Arranging some flowers in a vase, hanging a seasonal flag, or putting up a Christmas tree are all ways to make a home warm, welcoming, and happy. This can be particularly meaningful for anyone who's been away from home for a while, and who would benefit from some extra care and cheer.

Just ask Lucas and Amy Oppelt. This married couple, both veterans, made it through a terribly challenging time together, thanks in part to the warmth and happiness that holiday decorations bring.

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Surfin' Santa Paws Donates Puppy to Veteran with PTSD

RICOCHET HOSTS HER 12TH ANNUAL SURFIN' SANTA PAWS HOWLIDAY GIVING DRIVE BY DONATING A PTSD SERVICE DOG PUPPY TO A VETERAN WITH PTSD

Ricochet & the puppy will also make FREE Howliday Zoom calls to kids & veterans!

When the surf season ends, Ricochet trades her life jacket for a Santa jacket & transforms herself into Surfin' Santa Paws... turning boards into bucks!!

This is Ricochet's 12th season of Howliday Giving Drives and this year it benefits her Waves of Empowerment Program that helps kids with special needs, adaptive surfers, wounded warriors and veterans with PTSD.

It will also benefit her PTSD service dog initiative, a black lab puppy named Balboa (Bo) that she's helping to train for Marine Veteran, Staff Sgt. Persons "Griff" Griffith IV. Ricochet worked with Griff as a therapy dog for a couple years. He's also in the IMAX film, Superpower Dogs with her, which is now showing on Hulu.

As Covid-19 cases spike across the country, millions of families are experiencing high anxiety as they struggle with decisions about the holidays with stay at home orders, restrictions, and other challenges. All these feelings and uncertainty are causing great physical, psychological, and emotional distress.

But Ricochet isn't letting Covid ruin our holidays. Instead of surfing with kids and veterans like she typically does, she's offering FREE Zoom calls with her pawtégé, Bo. There is nothing like the comfort pups can provide during these difficult times… And who can resist a 12 week old puppy!

Ricochet will be 13 in January. She's healthy, but we know she won't be with us forever. As such, She's hoping you'll help her legacy live on… Literally through Bo! The cost of raising & training a puppy to be a service dog is not cheap. In fact, it can run upwards of $25,000.

But, because of Griff's service to our country and the sacrifices he and his family have made, Ricochet is providing the puppy at no cost to him.

This courageous man served our country, kept us safe, sacrificed family, and so much more. He returned home fighting another debilitating battle… PTSD. Military recruits go through rigorous training to learn how to fight a war, but nobody teaches them how to come home after experiencing horrific battlefield atrocities. The least Ricochet can do is help Griff continue his healing journey with a service dog. She is committed to helping him in his recovery through the tremendous healing that comes with puppy breath!

The funds raised will cover training, placing, providing support, vet bills, wellness checks, food, treats, bones, supplies, grooming, vaccinations, microchip, shots, license, monthly preventatives, wellness checks, travel, team training, and other miscellaneous expenses.

Ricochet thanks you so much for taking part in her 12th annual Surfin' Santa Paws Howliday Giving Drive that benefits her PTSD service dog initiative and all the other programs she continues to provide to kids with special needs, adaptive surfers, wounded warriors and veterans with PTSD.

For more information about Ricochet's 2020 Surfin' Santa Paws Giving Drive, please contact pawinspired@aol.com.

If you like to make a tax-deductible donation, just go to https://bit.ly/2020GivingDrive.

Note: For more information, please contact Judy Fridono at 707-228-0679 or at pawinspired@aol.com.

Learn more about Ricochet at surfdogricochet.com and follow her on social media at @SurfDogRicochet

About Ricochet: Ricochet is a champion surf dog. But, more importantly, she became the first ever canine-assisted surf therapy and adaptive surfing dog in 2009 when she made a decision to jump on the surfboard of a 14 year old adaptive surfer. Since then, she's assisted hundreds and hundreds of kids with special needs, people with disabilities and wounded warriors. She's also a certified goal directed therapy dog that has been providing healing through human-canine intervention to service members and veterans with PTSD for the last eight years. She balances boards… and lives!

War Veterans Overcome PTSD With America Square Dancing

** OGTV celebrates our heroes on Veteran's Day with an uplifting story about an organization that has a unique way of helping soldiers recover from PTSD. **

War Veterans can have a hard time dealing with adjusting to life after war. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) affects nearly 3 million veterans! Dancing Well: The Soldier Project is dedicated to bringing the healing power of music, dance, and community to veterans and families coping with PTSD and traumatic brain injury (TBI).

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Catch A Lift Fund Is Transforming Wounded Veteran's Lives Through Fitness

To honor all of our brave service members on Veterans Day, Only Good TV is proud to share this video about an organization which is making great strides helping our veterans cope and recover from both the physical and mental trauma they were exposed to in the service of our country.

Do you ever wonder how veterans cope with life once they come home from combat? After being trained to be on high-alert 24/7, what's it like for them to integrate back into everyday society? It raises the question: our military members protect us, but who protects them?

Over the years Only Good TV has done many stories on organizations that help veterans when they return home, but the personal origin story and mission of the Catch A Lift Fund is among the most moving we've ever covered.

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