On Saturday, March 11, LCC Kare 9® Military Ministry Dog Amos (Our Savior’s Way - Ashburn, Virginia) and his veteran handler joined LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Kezia (Emmanuel - Baltimore, Maryland) to bring comfort and love to a Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program Event in Bethesda, Maryland.
The event was held for pre and post deployment Air National Guard service members and their families from New Castle, Delaware; Baltimore, Maryland; Washington, D.C. and Langley, Virginia. The LCC K-9 Ministry teams were present for attendees as they spent the day learning about all the resources available to support them as service members prepare to leave or return home.
During one emotional moment, a service member shared that she was there for both post and pre deployment as she had just come home and was getting ready to leave for the next assignment. She talked through tears about how much hugging the comfort dogs was helping her let go of her worries and how she wished her children and husband were able to have a dog to comfort them while she was away.
It was a blessing to be able to bring smiles to the attendees and to honor their selfless service during this stressful period.