Local veteran meets his new companion at ‘Victory Service Dogs’ fundraiser

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.– Service dogs are often a great help to our veterans returning home from duty, but often times, they’re tough to afford.

That’s why ‘Victory Service Dogs’ puts together annual events to raise money to help our heroes.

On Friday, the 2nd Annual Vets! Pets! Brew! fundraising event at Rocky Mountain Brewery was held.

The proceeds will be used to unite veterans with service dogs for free.

Sean Banks, who served in the Army for 7 years, got to meet his new service dog Neala for the first time at the event.

They will be training together in the next few weeks, and he says he couldn’t be happier to finally have her in his arms.

“It’s amazing. She’s such a great animal, and I really couldn’t afford to get a pup like this on my own without their help,” Banks said. “She’s adorable and she’s just the biggest sweetheart. I can’t wait to train with her.”

Along with drinks for the adults, the event also offered homemade sodas for the kids and special dog beer for the pets.

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