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RealConvo with Alan Mednick on IHeartRadio 1290 WJNO

Just had one of the great honors on #RealConvo. Our conversation with a true American Hero Retired Lt Col Mel Pollack. Mel Forced to eject over North Vietnam was captured and imprisoned in the infamous “Hanoi Hilton” with John McCain. Mel the President along with Lisa Fendrich Executive Director of Vets Helping Heroes on our show to discuss…

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Shawna Taylor & Service Dog Annie

Navy veteran and former hospital corpsman Shawna Taylor says that her physical challenges and posttraumatic stress disorder aren’t always visible to others. Living with the effects of fibromyalgia, this young mother of two and full-time college student knew she needed extra help.

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Tom Olszewski & Service Dog Sal

Tom Olszewski enjoyed his military career. He first enlisted in the Navy, where he spent two years on active duty including a 1968 tour in Vietnam. He served in the Army Reserve for 19 years, retiring as a first sergeant in the infantry with 21 years of combined service.

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Art Pina & Service Dog Mr. Bob

Art Pina entered the Army when he was just 17 and spent two years in Vietnam. After his first deployment, he was assigned the somber duty of funeral detail at Fort George Meade. “After a few months, I asked to return to Vietnam,” he says, and the Army gave him orders back to Vietnam as…

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Edwin Franco and Service Dog Nancy

Air Force veteran of over 14 years, Ed Franco served as an air and ground intelligence officer and was deployed to the Middle East, Central America, Africa, Central Asia, and South America. His job entailed human intelligence collection and analyzing data from external threats. This Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University graduate and board member started learning aircraft mechanics at age 13…

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Parker and Silas

Parker is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who has been diagnosed with PTS and depression. He is graduating from FSD’s Operation Full Circle program with service dog Silas, a pointer mix who has been trained to provide pressure during sleep, interrupt stress response while in traffic by resting his head on Parker’s shoulder, and more.

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Cory and Opus

Cory & Opus Cory, a U.S. Army veteran, was injured in a blast while serving overseas. He returned home with traumatic brain injury and PTS, including symptoms of anxiety, paranoia, and hypervigilance. Cory is graduating from Operation Full Circle with Opus, a black Labrador retriever who is trained to create a barrier around Cory in…

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Tim Bedford and Facility Therapy Dog Irwin

Puppy Irwin is at Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital, where Puppy Irwin visits the outpatient center, and also accompanies his handler on daily inpatient rounds including visits to veterans in their Military Resilience Program.  This program provides inpatient treatment for active, reserve and National Guard service members living with the effect of injuries from combat action,…

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Bolt the therapy dog breaks Alaska ice

Bolt the therapy dog breaks Alaska ice

When Bolt, a honey-colored golden retriever, saunters into a 176th Wing office suite, he’s greeted like a star quarterback or a local celebrity. Because wing Airmen vie for his attention during these periodic visits, they often stock their offices with chew toys and dog treats in an effort to give them an edge. One such…

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Norman J. Burgess & Benning

Norman J. Burgess & Benning

Norman J. Burgess & Benning is a 67-year-old Army Veteran suffering from combat-related PTSD due to the time he spent in Vietnam. After he had been out of the workforce for some time, his PTSD symptoms started to increase, at which time he sought help from the Veterans Administration. In addition to the PTSD, this…

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Louijoel O. and Brooklyn

Louijoel O. and Brooklyn is another veteran that will be attending our June Team Training. He is a 36-year-old from Central Florida. He suffers from PTSD/TBI and has major anxiety and depression. He has a hard time trusting people and feels the companionship from someone who does not discriminate or judge over his disability would…

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Ryan and Slate

Ryan & Slate

U.S. Navy veteran, Ryan Holman, suffered a traumatic brain injury while serving as a Corpsman with 1st Tank Battalion (USMC) in Iraq and has been diagnosed with PTS. Ryan, who works as Freedom Service Dog’s Volunteer Manager, graduated from FSD’s Operation Full Circle with Slate in June, 2019. Slate helps Ryan stay calm in stressful…

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Tom and Norwin

Tom & Norwin

Tom is a U.S. Army veteran who served two tours in Iraq. He was matched with Norwin, a black Labrador retriever, through FSD’s Operation Full Circle program. Norwin assists Tom in public so that he can go more places with his children, and he also helps Tom sleep better by nudging him awake from the…

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Chris and Noodle

Chris & Noodle

Chris, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who saw action in the first Gulf War, is the human half of Team Noodle. FSD’s Operation Full Circle program for veterans bonded these two into an inseparable team in which Chris provides love and care for Noodle, a boxer mix, and Noodle gives his Marine unconditional love and…

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Eddie and Scrappy

Eddie & Scrappy

Eddie joined the U.S. Army in 1998 and at 25 years old, he became an elite U.S. Army Ranger who was deployed three times to Afghanistan and twice to Iraq for a total of 38 months. The retired veteran lives in Cheyenne, Wyoming, with his wife, a couple horses, and Scrappy, a Great Dane mix…

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Shay & Tiptoe

Shay & Tiptoe

Shay served in the U.S. Navy for four years and has been diagnosed with PTSD. Through FSD’s Operation Full Circle program for veterans, she was placed with a calm, chill Labradoodle named Tiptoe who accompanies Shay in public to relieve her anxiety and panic disorder. Says Shay, “Tiptoe came into my life at the right…

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Event with The Home Depot Foundation – Building Raised Service Dog Beds

The Home Depot Foundation will be bringing 600 volunteers to Boca Raton April 30 and we are in the process of scouting projects our volunteers could potentially do that impact the lives of veterans. In other parts of the country we have partnered with nonprofit organizations to identify veterans with service dogs that could benefit…

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A Veteran Helping Other Heroes

By Mary Hladky Although retired Air Force Lt. Col. Mel Pollack’s military service ended decades ago, his commitment to service and veterans has endured. Pollack was on his 78th combat mission flying an F-4 Phantom when he was shot down and captured by the North Vietnamese in 1967. He was imprisoned in the infamous “Hanoi…

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WWII hero gets honorary doctorate at FAU

Irwin Stovroff, a World War II hero, received an honorary doctorate from Florida Atlantic University. (submitted photo, FPG) Watch the video The well-known twinkle in his eye was working overtime before Irwin Stovroff got to do something he never did before at 92. “I’m still making news,” he said, jokingly, wearing academic garb before joining…

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In Boca, three generations of veterans recount their experiences

By Anne Geggis, Sun Sentinel 11/12/14 Kathy Champion, Mel Pollack and Irwin Stovroff Across three generations from three different conflicts, the human toll paid when countries send their young men and women to fight was described in blood-drenched detail. For Veteran’s Day, a pilot from World War II, another from Vietnam and a civilian affairs officer…

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Irwin Stovroff Visits Normandy 70 Years Later

Irwin became the American Veteran Air Force “Rock Star” of Normandy and I grew muscles pushing him around in his aluminum wheel chair. Irwin’s Doris and my wife, Barbara were thrilled to see the joy Irwin experienced during the entire trip. We spent 3 days in Paris showing Irwin the best sites and food followed…

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L.A. Weiser’s "An Extraordinary Life . . . Gone to the Dogs"

Written by John Stemple and originally posted on 20thCenturyAviationMagazine.com Irwin Stovroff, from Buffalo, New York, arrived in England during 1944 and one of his first operational missions took place on D-Day. Mr. Stovroff, born of Russian parents from Siberia, related to writer Lisa Weiser accounts of wartime life in Scotland and England and the daily…

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WLRN film tells stories of Florida Jews in the military

Sun-Sentinal, May 8, 2014 | By Johnny Diaz, Staff writer, 954-356-4939 “Jews in the Military” will be TV at 9 p.m. May 13, 18 and 29, WLRN-Ch. 17 in Fort Lauderdale-Miami and West Palm Beach TV markets In “A Call To Serve: Florida Jews and the Military,” retired… (Steve Waxman/Courtesy) A natural storyteller, Steve Waxman…

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Veterans’ Service Dogs Receive Full Medical Insurance

January 30, 2014 By: Edie Lau For The VIN News Service Service dogs belonging to American military veterans are now covered by comprehensive private health insurance under a new arrangement by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). A contract between the VA and the company Trupanion provides payment for care by licensed veterinarians of…

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Cesar’s Top 9 Holiday Tips for Dogs

Originally posted on CesarsWay.com 1. Tire your dog out before visiting or receiving holiday guests. Keep in mind that holiday visits are not typical visits. They may involve more heightened energy than normal, since often we haven’t seen these people in a while, and dog people have a tendency to get excited around others’ pets.…

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On this Veterans Day

Most Americans have never fought in a war, never smelled fear and ammunition in combat, never worried about being blown up by a roadside bomb. This Veterans Day, we as Americans need to remember those who fought for our country while we stayed safe, out of the crossfire. Please not to let this Veterans Day…

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