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ACE Home Services Honors Our Warriors by Providing a New A/C to Military Veteran for the 3rd Annual Giveaway

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- ACE Home Services is a top HVAC and Plumbing company servicing the Phoenix Metro area. For years since it was founded, they have provided homes with quality AC and Heating facility maintenance, equipment installation, and repair, ensuring smooth operation in homes. This veteran operated company is proud to support and hire military members for over 25 years.

ACE Home Services is currently taking hundreds of nominations from the Phoenix Metro community to select a military recipient of the third annual AC giveaway. Veterans, active duty and reserve military members are all eligible to be nominated. The winner will be announced on July 5th. The date of install will be within two weeks of the announcement date based on the needs of the recipient.

Last year, the community selected Captain Alfred "Benny" Ashley. Benny served the Phoenix Fire Department from 1942 through the end of 1973. Benny is a military combat veteran and twice left the firehouse to serve as a U.S. Navy Corpsman during the WWII and Korean wars. He served as a medic at Tarawa in the Gilbert Islands in the South Pacific.

After returning to his firefighting career Benny led the Phoenix firefighters union as the President of IAFF Local 493 in the 1960's. In 1968 his idea for a statewide, combined, firefighters and police officers pension system was signed into law by AZ Governor Jack Williams to create the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS).

Our selected 2020 winner was Master Sergeant Keith Tucker, a veteran who honorably served our country for 24 years in the Air Force and was stationed at Luke Air Force Base. This opportunity came at the perfect time for Mr. Tucker, as he and his wife Diana were moving into their new home that had an existing unit that was over 15 years old.

The President of ACE Home Services, John Trimble served as an Army Infantryman and then a Special Forces Officer - or Green Beret - for more than 13 years. Working closely with various international special operations units, John primarily worked counterterror and counter drug operations across multiple deployments to Afghanistan and South America, receiving two Bronze Star medals, a Meritorious Service Medal, and the Combat Infantryman's Badge amongst other awards and citations.

Prior to being medically retired as a Major, John's final military assignment was serving as an advisor and lead strategist for a senior military commander at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. The Director of Marketing, James Sesay, is also a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

Regarding the overall goal of the campaign, James says, "Too often many of us take the sacrifices that led to our independence and current freedoms for granted. As a company, we want to go above and beyond the normal discounts and appreciations. This year, we want to truly give back to those that serve our country."

In addition to actively hiring veterans of all military branches, ACE Home Services also gives additional discounts to all military members and first responders.

About ACE Home Services:

With an A+ rating from the BBB, ACE Home Services provides support for businesses and homes in more than 28 cities. They offer air-conditioning installation, maintenance and repair, heating equipment placement, bathroom remodeling, water softeners and heaters, water leak protection, heating replacement, and so on. They are fast, efficient, reliable, experienced, highly reliable, and they always put the customers first in all they do.

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AZ Family News covered the 2021 giveaway here

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NotaryCam resumes ‘Help a Hero’ initiative, offering complimentary Online Virtual Notary services for current, retired military members for Veterans Day

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- NotaryCam®, a Stewart-owned company and a pioneering provider of remote online notarization and identity verification / authentication technology for real estate and legal transactions, today announced its semi-annual "Help a Hero" initiative will once again offer free remote online notarization (RON) sessions to United States veterans and current service members.

The event will run Thursday, November 11 through Sunday, November 14, 2021, and allow active duty and retired service members to connect to a live notary public via NotaryCam's secure virtual signing room to legally notarize, sign and execute documents and agreements online from anywhere in the world.

"NotaryCam has long acknowledged our inability to repay our service members, but we are honored to continue to be able to show our appreciation by offering our remote online notarization services to military members at no charge each Veterans Day," said NotaryCam division president Rick Triola. "As a proud supporter of our retired and active-duty service members, the NotaryCam team humbly offers this token of our gratitude to all who have served and continue to serve our country."

Since 2013, NotaryCam has held its Help a Hero promotion for Memorial Day weekend and Veterans Day. Current U.S. military service members and veterans who wish to take advantage of this offer need only notify their notary and present a valid military ID, Veterans ID or other proof of service during the promotion. Promotion applies only to NotaryCam RON services. For more information, please visit

About NotaryCam, a Stewart Company

After pioneering the world's first multi-party/multi-state remote online notarization (RON), career real estate executive Rick Triola founded NotaryCam and completed the first mortgage remote online closing (ROC) in 2014. Today, NotaryCam, a Stewart-owned company, is the leader in online notarization and mortgage eClosing solutions, having notarized documents worldwide for hundreds of thousands of customers in all 50 states and more than 146 countries. The company's patented eClose360® platform delivers the "perfect" online mortgage closing in every jurisdiction and supports all eClosing scenarios - RON, IPEN or Hybrids - with a flexible workflow for document recording and unparalleled identity verification, security and customer convenience.

In addition to real estate transactions, NotaryCam provides RON services to many Fortune 500 companies as well as small and midsize business and includes the execution of electronic wills (eWills), legal docs (i.e. power of attorneys) and Apostilles. The company also proudly maintains an industry-leading 99.8 percent customer satisfaction rating and the highest Net promotor score (NPS) amongst the best global tech brands

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1st Annual ‘Step Up In Surprise’ Event To Offer Outreach, Social Services, Food and Music To Veterans October 9

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- According to VetLink Foundation, military veterans who have honorably served our nation often return from deployments in need of various social services like job placement, health care, and mental health services. Some end up homeless. Sometimes they just need a friendly shoulder to lean on or to simply meet up and talk with fellow vets.

That's why veterans throughout the greater Phoenix Metro area will want to mark Saturday, October 9th on their calendars. That's the date the 1st Annual VetLink Foundation Step Up in Surprise event will be held at the TechCelerator complex on Bell Rd in Surprise.

The event, which runs from 9am-2pm, will offer veterans access to numerous social services all in one place. There will be service providers offering assistance and advice on housing and shelter referral, mental health services, DOL employment and job training assistance, veterans benefits counseling, social and community services, legal advice and services, financial literacy, personal care/hygiene kits, 3-D mammography screenings, and even clothing.

Guests will also be able to enjoy special military attractions as well as plenty of food and music. The event is free and is open to any and all military veterans and their dependents.

Step Up In Surprise, which is supported by an award from the City of Surprise Community Outreach Program, is an event put on by the VetLink Foundation, a non-profit organization which began operations in 2019. The organization aims to connect veterans and their families with free services and opportunities that they may not be aware of. VetLink partners with volunteers, businesses, organizations, local, state, and national government services to provide and develop the services needed for veterans and their families in user-friendly ways. VetLink is a recognized United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration Commemorative Partner.

A mission statement on the Foundation's website states: "Our motto is Veterans Connecting Veterans. We believe strongly in hiring veterans and their families to be a part of our team. We understand first-hand what kind of challenges veterans can face when transitioning to civilian life.

"At VetLink, veterans come first. We make every effort to provide support to service men and women. We are driven and focused on the needs of veterans and we are always looking for more ways to connect them to the services and opportunities that will make a difference in their lives."

Besides the Step Up In Surprise event, VetLink holds regular monthly outreach programs to service veterans in Arizona. Their 'Coffee for Vets' program is an opportunity for veterans to socialize, connect with the community, and share their needs for services. 'Brunch With the Boys' is a community of veterans who are primarily focused on supporting others who have transitioned from military to civilian life. 'Women Warriors' helps women veterans through the process of transitioning from military life to civilian life. The 'Wounded Warrior to Cyber Warrior' program offers veterans job training in the fast-expanding field of cyber security.

The organization's work in the community has drawn attention and praise from Arizona Senator Mark Kelly, himself a 25-year navy veteran.

"Here in Arizona we have a tradition of supporting our veterans," Senator Kelly said in a video posted on YouTube. "VetLink plays a key role in this tradition in holding events and gatherings for veterans. All of you are strengthening the community of support for Arizona veterans. I've learned that the best way to move forward is bringing people together to solve the problems we face. Organizations like VetLink inspire and inform my service."

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Legacy Launch Pad Publishing releases business book by navy captain-turned-entrepreneur Gene Moran

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Legacy Launch Pad Publishing is releasing the second book by entrepreneur Gene Moran, founder and president of the consulting firm Capitol Integration. "Make Your Move: Charting Your Post-Military Career" (ISBN 978-1-951407-79-7) synthesizes Moran's experiences as a former Naval officer, lobbyist and lifelong sailor to create an entertaining, information-packed guide for those transitioning out of the military or through post-military life-or anybody facing a major career change.

Throughout the book, Moran shares powerful moments from his young life, including learning to sail in South Florida and traveling the world as a young Naval officer. Along the way, he introduces the reader to world leaders who shaped his higher purpose and guided his progress-including Jimmy Buffett.

While Moran left the Navy in 2008 and has already published a bestselling book about business, Make Your Move is more of a personal calling-his legacy written to help others. It's about the importance of finding mentors, learning from your mistakes and discovering how to apply self-sufficiency-all keys to finding fulfillment.

This book is more than a guide to success, says publisher Anna David. "It's also an adventure story about Gene's extraordinary life of service, leadership and passion," she says. "It's about maintaining a growth mindset throughout your life and using Gene's five-part system-planning, strategy, courage, leadership, diplomacy and ownership-to make successful transitions."

As part of his mission to give back to the military community, Moran will donate 100 percent of his proceeds from this book to Freedom Fighter Outdoors, a nonprofit organization that provides unique outdoor experiences for injured veterans.

"Make Your Move: Charting Your Post-Military Career" is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, among many other outlets.

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About Legacy Launch Pad Publishing:

A boutique publishing company primarily for entrepreneurs who are the leaders in their field, Legacy Launch Pad has published authors from the entertainment and entrepreneurial worlds, as well as sports agents, coaches, non-profit founders and more.


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American Freedom Foundation Launches ‘Your Next Mission’ – A New Initiative Supporting Our Veterans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The American Freedom Foundation announces Your Next Mission™-- a new initiative supporting our Veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses as they transition from military to civilian life. The goal of Your Next Mission™ is to help our Veterans write the next chapter of their lives and to make a real impact in the lives of those who have served our country.

VIDEO: 12th SMA (R) Jack L. Tilley "Your Next Mission™" VIDEO INTRODUCTION (Dropbox):

12th SMA (R) Jack L. Tilley states, "Your Next Mission is an extension of AFF's long-standing mission of helping Veterans and families. It is something I've devoted my life to and will continue until the day I die."

Your Next Mission™ will provide digital and online content, resources, and support to Veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses. It offers guidance and insight by creating opportunities by which they can receive assistance transitioning from military to civilian life. Your Next Mission™ will help turn their military experience into a tactical advantage in the civilian world.

Your Next Mission™ assistance to Veterans and their families will include:

*The Your Next Mission™ podcast hosted by Jack L. Tilley, 12th Sergeant Major of the Army and Co-Founder of the American Freedom Foundation. Created in partnership with Cloudcast Media, the podcast features insightful conversations with subject matter experts from the military and civilian communities.

*Identifying job opportunities through strategic partnerships with corporations.

*Providing specialized services such as understanding VA benefits and entitlements, employment, healthcare, education, and many others subjects through strategic partnerships with other nonprofit VSOs.

*Holding career-building events focused on hiring and networking.

*Creating outreach programs to educate our country about the service and the sacrifice our military service members and their families make each and every day, and the positive difference they can make in the civilian world.

Dedicated sponsors include American Freedom Foundation, Cavalry Agency, Purdue University Global, Veterans United Home Loans and Navy Federal Credit Union.

The podcast is available at and all of your favorite podcast channels.

For more information, please email us at, or call (844) 424-1134 and visit


In return for their service and sacrifices made for our country, the American Freedom Foundation, founded in 2004, believes Veterans, military service members, and their families are deserving of support that empowers and enables them to lead confident and productive lives. AFF serves and supports them by creating awareness and building support for their service, sacrifice, and needs through partnerships with military-focused organizations and always will be relentlessly driven to bettering the lives of these heroes and their families.

Throughout its short history, the American Freedom Foundation has made grants of approximately $1.2 million to more than 30 military organizations and awarded over 1,200 full and partial scholarships to military spouses and their dependents in 50 states and 8 countries through the AFF/Purdue University Global Military Scholarship program valued in excess of $9.2 million. Through the AFF national Veteran's employment initiative program, Warriors To The Workforce, thousands of Veterans have been connected to hundreds of participating companies for employment opportunities. Please reach out to us at


A native of Vancouver, Washington, Tilley was sworn in as the 12th Sergeant Major of the Army on June 23, 2000, and served until January 15, 2004. A career soldier, he had held many leadership positions within the Department of the Army and Unified Command environments.

As Sergeant Major of the Army, Tilley served as the Army Chief of Staff's personal advisor on all enlisted-related matters, particularly in areas affecting Soldier training and quality of life. He devoted the majority of his time to traveling throughout the Army observing training and talking to soldiers and their families. He sits on a wide variety of councils and boards that make decisions affecting enlisted soldiers and their families and is routinely invited to testify before Congress.

A Vietnam War Veteran, SMA Tilley has held a variety of important leadership positions throughout his 36-year career including tank commander, section leader, drill sergeant, platoon sergeant, senior instructor, operations sergeant, first sergeant, and command sergeant major. His military education includes the First Sergeants Course and the Sergeants Major Academy.

Among his numerous awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, Bronze Star with V Device, Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Vietnam Service and Campaign Medals.

After retirement, SMA Tilley has continued his advocacy for all service members and their families. He is co-founder of the American Freedom Foundation, a 501(c) 3 public benefit corporation organized to honor, serve and support our Veterans and the families of America's armed forces and raise money and awareness through partnerships with military-focused organizations.

SMA Tilley has also become a successful management consultant, working with top Fortune 500 companies on a variety of projects and programs that are unique to the military community. He is President/CEO of J.Tilley Inc., founded in 2005. Co-founder of Pinnacle Five, LLC, marketing, consulting, and contracting company, crafted with members who held the senior enlisted position within the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard.

A well sought-after public speaker, whose primary topic raises the public consciousness in support of military service members and Veterans. SMA Tilley is currently Senior Vice President for Leadership Development with NewDay USA, a senior advisor to the American Security Council Foundation, and a member of Mission Readiness: Military Leaders for Kids. He is also the author of his book "A Soldier's Life."

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Ohio Veterans Launch Camp Freeman GoFundMe campaign and website to begin construction on their first non-profit Veterans’ Retreat

NEWARK, Ohio -- Camp Freeman, a Veteran Owned Ohio Non-Profit 501(c)(3) has been established to support homeless, at-risk, disabled, and transitioning veterans. Camp Freeman is launching their fundraising campaign on September 11th, 2020 with a goal of $2.9 million to build their first regional facility and headquarters right here in central Ohio.

The new organization is currently accepting donations on their website, GoFundMe, via PayPal, or by mail to Camp Freeman, PO Box 245, Jacksontown, OH 43030.

Volunteer opportunities are also available for individuals and organizations who wish to support the veteran community.


Camp Freeman is a planned 50+ acre veterans' retreat and the first facility of its kind featuring:
* Veteran's Village (Cabins/Tiny Houses)
* Transitional Housing
* Family Support and Crisis Shelter
* Support Groups
* On-site Behavioral Health
* Nutritional services
* Education & Counseling
* RV Campground & Primitive Campsites
* Recreational Facilities
* Fitness Center & Aquatics
* Art & Equine Therapy Programs
* Auto Hobby Shop
* Designated Quiet Spaces
* & So Much More

Each veteran will go through an initial interview and counseling that Camp Freeman will use to create an individual action plan with easy to reach personal goals. Major milestones will be celebrated to recognize these veterans' efforts for themselves and their community. All programs at camp freeman will be offered at no cost except for campground, Veterans' Village, and transitional housing; but those cabin and site rentals will be offered on an income-based scale so it is affordable for any veteran.

Camp Freeman's mission may best be stated by one of its founding members, Christopher Reynard: "We are tired of watching veterans fall through the cracks of a broken system. Our veterans need real behavioral health support, real community, real comradery, and most of all they need their military family back. With the onslaught of natural disasters, a nationwide pandemic, and a forthcoming eviction apocalypse, we can't wait any longer. The time is now! The place is right here where we can make the greatest impact."

Camp Freeman Board Members

One of their Board Members, Timothy Godwin has already launched a highly successful PTSD Support Group, The Huddle, which is still active today. Another, Jacob Edgell, has spent most of his time in the past couple of years practicing and planning therapy opportunities for disabled Veterans including art, equine therapy, digital veterans' communities, and even volunteers as a counselor for veterans in his spare time through multiple online support groups. With over 15 years of combined experience serving veterans and active military members, the Board Members of Camp Freeman have witnessed what could only be described as Miraculous Transitions.

According to Army Veteran, Specialist Murphy who was homeless with a family of 5 near the onset of the Covid-19 crisis and is now transitioning into his own home in Southern Ohio: "I don't know where I'd be without Tim, Jake, and Chris. . .maybe on the side of the road...probably not good. My family and I got to stay with Chris and his family, and it was different than anything I'd seen. Seeing what they do for others makes it hard not to try every day and be a success story... I can't wait 'til I can come back and help some!"

The Camp Freeman Team has supported veterans in crisis, assisted with housing, provided counseling, sheltered veterans and their families, and most importantly have built supportive relationships with veterans of every background using only their own resources. With the support of local organizations and public/private donors to provide facilities and paid staff; Camp Freeman will make an unimaginable impact on the Veteran Community while providing a benchmark for the veterans' programs of the future.

Board member Timothy Godwin while speaking at a recent board meeting stated: "It's not just Central Ohio...It's not just Ohio, it's all the surrounding states...the whole nation...None of our unsung heroes will be forgotten with time and no more will be abandoned if they come to us. That is going to be our legacy, our brothers continuing on, that is our legacy... Sometimes you just can't do it alone...It takes a village."

Camp Freeman can be operational before the end of the year at a limited capacity with the success of this fundraising campaign then operating at full capacity before the end of 2021. On this September 11th, remember the patriotism and the unity after that great tragedy. With your support now, next year on the 20th Anniversary of this generation's Pearl Harbor (9/11/2021) Camp Freeman will be fully operational and serving veterans from all across the nation. With all of the hatred and discontent spreading today, this gives us all a chance to be a part of something positive that will not only save lives, but give our nations heroes the purpose and opportunity they deserve.

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Iwo Jima Memorial Midwest Project, Inc. Building New Iwo Jima Memorial – Updated with Correct Flag-raisers

RACINE, Wis. -- In tandem with 75th Anniversary of the flag-raising on Mt. Suribachi, the Iwo Jima Memorial Midwest Project (IJMM) is launching a nationwide program to build a new Iwo Jima Monument. The new statue will replace the faces of two flag-raisers that were misidentified with the actual Marines who participated.

Harold "Pie" Keller and Harold Schultz were identified by HQ USMC with the aid of FBI forensics as the Marines raising the flag. Therefore, the new IJMM statue will be the very first monument built that reflects the exact image of the photograph.

The raising of the US flag over Mount Suribachi, was the first foreign flag ever to fly on Japanese soil. The photograph of the flag raising was taken by AP photographer Joe Rosenthal. It became an iconic image of not only the battle, but of the War in the Pacific and one of the most reproduced photographs in the world.

For 36 days in February-March of 1945, the Battle of Iwo Jima Island saw some of the fiercest fighting of the Pacific War. In the five week battle American casualties reached 26,040 of which 6,821 Marines were killed and 23,573 wounded 33% of their available force, or one in every three that landed.

The new Monument will be placed in Racine, Wisconsin, just north of Chicago and South of Milwaukee. Racine is the home of Marine Corps League Detachment 346 that has been doing a Living Memorial Float of the flag-raising for over 74 years. The Marines hold the position of the famous statue for up to two hours in parades and various events.

The very first Iwo Jima Monument statue was molded as a table top version for review and approvals by the USMC. Sculptor Felix De Weldon used Johnson Floor Wax to form this statue. SC Johnson Wax Corporate HQ is in Racine.

World renowned Sculptor, Robert Bricker of the Bronze Craft Foundry in Charlottsville, Virginia will produce the 40 percent size of original size bronze monument. Bricker was the sculptor selected by National Parks to work on the restoration of the original statue in Arlington. The figures will be 13 feet tall. It will take 16 months to produce and weigh 20,000 lbs.

The two year, $4 Million dollar fundraising project is supported by all volunteer Marines, Veterans, Veterans Support Groups and dedicated civilians. The fundraising efforts are nationwide, supported with a wide range of merchandise for donors. Solicitation of Corporate sponsors is underway.

Extensive information can be found at their website

Once completed the Monument location will be used as a venue to host a variety of Veterans events and expand educational support elements for elementary schools. The Project will in-turn institute fund gathering efforts to support needy Veterans

The Iwo Jima Memorial Midwest Project is a momentous undertaking that will benefit the preservation of the most recognizable, patriotic image in the history of World War II and the United States Marine Corps.

"With the generous help of Americans and Veterans, the Monument will help preserve the Spirit of America, it's symbol of Patriotism and Love of Country. It will forever pay tribute to the thousands of Marines and Veterans that paid the ultimate sacrifice to preserve the Freedoms we enjoy today," said John Capriotti, IJMM Project Director.

Media Press Kit Section with photos, videos and historical documents and links is available on the website

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John Capriotti, Project Director
414 331-4757

IJMM Project Inc.
2635 Four Mile Rd. Box 44331
Racine, WI 53404-8777

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Ninety-Six-Year-Old Marine Releases New Commemorative Song

BRADENTON, Fla. -- On Wednesday February 12, 2020 at 1 p.m., come meet and greet a ninety-six-year-old marine, Gene Christie, as he releases his CD containing a song to honor his fellow Marines in the 5th Division who won the Battle of Iwo Jima at great sacrifice.

The bloodiest battle in Marine Corp history, the Battle of Iwo Jima began over 75 years ago on February 19, 1945. It was very instrumental in the defeat of the Japanese during World War Two.

"My fellow 18 and 19-year-old marines never had a chance to live," said Gene Christie.

The meet and Greet will be at:

Elan of Manatee, 7375 Stone River Rd., Bradenton, FL 34203; (941) 229-0052. 1 p.m. EST.

Reader and Listener Interest

Many of your readers and listeners would be fascinated to hear Gene Christie's story and song. The sorrow he feels about his fallen and wounded Marines 75 years later is a story that must be told. His story and song are a testament to the scars many veterans carry daily! His song and story are a perfect addition for the upcoming 75th anniversary on February 19, 2020!

Song Availability

The song "Thirty Days Later" is now available on many digital outlets like iTunes, Amazon Music and Apple Music.

For more information on the song, visit:

The CDs will be available beginning February 12, 2020 at: Elan of Manatee, 7375 Stone River Rd., Bradenton, FL 34203.

"Thirty Days Later" is U.S. Copyright #1-8302389241 in the United States and/or other countries.

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Spodak Dental Group Provided Military Veterans and Their Families with More Than $7,000 of Free Dental Care During Freedom Day USA 2019

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. -- Spodak Dental Group ("SDG") recently provided complimentary dental services to the men and women of the US' Armed Forces and their family members as part of the Seventh Annual Freedom Day USA. In total, 18 patients were treated at no cost during the event.

"The men and women who are overseas serving us leave their families and loved ones back here, and this is our way to give back to those who have given so much to us," said Dr. Craig Spodak, general dentist and National Committee Member for Freedom Day USA. "It feels great to be a part of this. It reminds our entire team that we got into this profession to help those who need us, and it makes us happy knowing that our veterans are happy."

The year, Freedom Day USA was held nationwide on Thursday, October 10, 2019. In honor of this day, Spodak Dental Group provided veterans, active military members and their families with more than $7,000 in total dental work, including free cleanings, exams, fillings, X-rays, treatment for tooth pain, and extractions.

Dr. Craig Spodak, who sits on the National Committee for Freedom Day USA 2019, and his team have participated in Freedom Day USA since its inception. They were the only business in Delray Beach that participated in the event.

About Spodak Dental Group

Since 1976, the Spodak Dental Group, a 2017 Inc. 5000 honoree, has evolved to become South Florida's premier, comprehensive dental facility, and comprises a world-class association of dental professionals poised to provide full-service dental care second-to-none in both scope and skill. The Spodak Dental Group team includes General and Restorative Dentists, Endodontists, Periodontists, Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, Master Ceramic Artists and Anesthesiologists, as well as one of the nation's only in-office dental labs. Spodak Dental Group is located at 3911 W. Atlantic Ave. Call or text (561) 303-2413 or visit for more information.

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Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, Inc. Partners with SCI Mercer to Train Service Dogs for Veterans

PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- It is with great pleasure that Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs announces its latest partnership, with the Pennsylvania State Correctional Institution at Mercer. As part of our new partnership, incarcerated veterans will train some of our future service dogs, beginning at approximately 5 months of age, all while earning college credit.

The program is already underway, with our Founder & Chief Operating Officer, Carol Borden recently completing a full seven days of classes for the 12 selected incarcerated veterans, teaching them our comprehensive training regimen. While required to pass the written portion of the class with an 80% or better, we are proud to say that of the 12 participants, they all scored above 95%.

Now that they are ready to begin training, 4 young future service dogs are on their way to Mercer from our Florida headquarters and are scheduled to arrive at Mercer later this week.

Once they arrive, the dogs will remain with the inmates 24 hours a day, for several months, and will be participating daily in classes and public access-style learning adventures due to Mercer's unique design featuring a cafeteria, classrooms, hospital, auditorium, gymnasium, commissary and library - the conditions are perfect for re-creating public access-type scenarios for the dogs to train in.

The teams training dogs inside Mercer will be visited weekly or more by our Pennsylvania Regional Trainer, to ensure program compliance and monitor each dogs' progress as they go through our positive-reinforcement curriculum.

An additional key benefit of this program is that the selected incarcerated veterans will be earning college credits. This program will not only help the disabled Pennsylvania veterans who ultimately receive the donated service dogs; but it is teaching a new, marketable skillset and industry to those currently incarcerated.

"I have always been so inspired by the service and sacrifice of our American heroes," said Sen. Brooks, who worked for two years to bring the program to SCI Mercer. "The brotherhood that unites our veterans, and the healing power of a dog, have always impressed me as well. This transformative new program unites these special elements into one heart-warming support network, and is destined to produce benefits that will allow veterans to help other veterans in a life-changing way."

Asked about the new program, Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs Founder & CEO, Carol Borden said: "I couldn't be more excited about the magnificent start of this ground-breaking program. We expect great things - not only in the training of the dogs that will be donated to veterans in Pennsylvania; but that we will be giving the incarcerated veterans hope for a new future once they have served their time. By participating in this program, they are already serving their community".

Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization founded in Williston, Florida and has grown into a nation-wide Service Dog Organization. We rescue, raise, train and donate individually trained medical service dogs to veterans, first responders and others who suffer from disabilities including PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury, seizure disorders, diabetic alert, mobility issues and more. Guardian Angels receives up to 40 inquiries each day for one of their medical Service Dogs.

If you'd like to learn more about our programs, get involved, make a contribution, or be part of supporting this life-saving project please call 800-398-6102 or visit our website at:

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