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News Around the Community, continued Literacy Volunteers of America Give the gift of literacy to Prince William County adults! Would you like to help adults reach their life goals through improved literacy skills? Literacy Volunteers of America-Prince William would love to help you do that! Previous experience is not necessary. We will train you to become a certified adult literacy tutor! Our next Tutor Training Workshop is March 7, 2015, 8:45 a.m.-4 p.m. and March 21, 2015 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Attendance both days is required. Please register today! Contact us at (703) 670-5702 or lvapw@aol.com. For more details, please visit our website: www.lvapw. org. The gift of a small amount of time each week can change the lives of adult learners! Please join our tutoring team today! National Active and Retired Federal Employees Chapter 1270 The January meeting ushered in our new set of officers: Linda Force, President; Tammy Flanagan, Vice President; Darwin Ransom, Treasurer; and Cheryl Sullivan, Secretary. Our speaker at the January meeting was Mary Kay Jones of Weight Watchers with tips for healthy eating and activities for losing weight and improving health in the new year. In February, we heard from a representative of Bluebird Tours who described the upcoming activities and tours of the coming year. The March monthly meeting will be held at noon on March 19, the third Thursday, at the Holiday Inn Quantico Center, Dumfries. The cost of the luncheon is $18.50. Reservations will be taken anytime until noon on Friday, March 13. Please call Betty Koger at (703) 490-8902 or email at eaktfk@comcast.net. Please remember, if you make a reservation for the luncheon, you are obligated to pay even

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if you do not attend. You do not have to be a member of NARFE to attend. If you wish to attend to hear the speaker without eating lunch, there is no charge. Semper K9 Assistance Dogs Semper K9 Assistance Dogs, a local nonprofit in Prince William County, is currently looking for candidates in need of a service dog. Semper K9 provides Assisted-Living K9s for wounded, critically-ill and injured members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. They are also looking for ideal canine candidates to become service dogs in training. “We are in the process of obtaining our 501c3 status from the IRS,” says Christopher Baity, Semper K9’s Executive Director. “During this waiting period we will begin training and preparing our program for success.” Semper K9 Assistance Dogs will focus on finding ‘rescue dogs’ from various organizations throughout the United States to give these unclaimed K9s a new leash on life and allow them to help a service member. They are looking for dogs that will meet certain requirements to enter their training program. A list of these requirements can be found on their website, www.SemperK9.org.

Semper K9 Assistance Dogs currently has a GoFundMe account as well as an Amazon. com wish list to assist them with training and supplies. They help qualifying post 9/11 Marines, Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen, Coast Guardsmen, and reservists with amputations, spinal cord injuries, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), severe Post Traumatic Stress (PTS), burns, blindness, other physical injuries, or those suffering from life-threatening illnesses. Interested applicants can submit a needs assessment form under “Apply For A Service Dog” on their website. “There are a lot of organizations like us throughout the country; however we are trying to keep our efforts as local as possible while rescuing dogs in the process.” To find out more about Semper K9 Assistance Dogs, including how to apply for a service dog or how to donate future service dogs, services or supplies, please visit their website at www. SemperK9.org.

“It takes at minimum 6-9 months to train a young adult dog to become a service dog. This gives us time to locate and match a service member with their future service dog, who’s training is tailored to meet the new handler’s specific needs.” stated Baity who is a veteran Marine Corps dog handler and kennel master. With 6 overseas deployments during his eight year career, Baity recognizes the overwhelming need for help of veterans suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD).

THE MONTCLAIRION • MARCH 2015

The Montclairion - March 2015  
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