COLUMBUS (WCMH) — After Saturday’s Buckeye Spring Game, some local veterans kept the party going at the Varsity Club for a good cause.
The second annual Bash for the Brave was held to benefit Pets for Vets; a non-profit that helps pair Veterans with trained rescued animals.
The organization said many troops return home with scars – both seen and unseen – that make it difficult to transition back to civilian life. At the same time, millions of wonderful companion animals wait in shelters for a forever home. The organization said it’s the bridge that brings them together.
Central Ohio Veteran John Schmoll was given Bella two years ago. He said the faithful dog has changed his life.
“Bella has helped me to come out basically she’s just taught me how to live,” he said.
Veterans who are interested just need to apply to start the process of being matched with a pet. The program is open to any U.S. Veteran who lives in one of the organization’s chapter areas, is capable of caring for a pet, and who could benefit from having a pet.