Fundraiser raises awareness for service dogs

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Military veterans faced their fears along with the help with their Patriot Rovers service dogs and raised awareness of the organization at “A Night of Stars” benefit.

The Carolina Theatre hosted the live music and silent auction fundraiser Saturday for Patriot Rovers Inc. organized by Market America Cares.

More than 100 items from area businesses in Guilford County were donated for the auction.

All of the proceeds will go toward expenses to train the service dogs at the academy in High Point, all of which are free of charge to the military veterans.

Trainer and veteran Bob Steele said training his dog Apollo to help conquer his fears allows him to lead a normal life.

Market Cares Project Manager Katie Taylor said the benefit is important to continue to provide help for veterans’ unseen injuries.

“These service dogs are trained specifically to help with the PTSD and the traumatic brain injuries,” Taylor said.

Many of the Patriot Rovers service dogs are named after fallen soldiers. A new group of trained service dogs with graduate from the Patriot Rovers Academy in November.

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