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(L) Dan and Spanky (R) Joe and C.T.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Two military veterans and their service dogs are making their way across the country for a cause that is close to their hearts.

Marine veteran from North Carolina Dan Spangler, Army Ranger veteran from Chicago Joe Trainor, and their dogs Spanky and C.T. are all making the 6,000+ mile journey to raise awareness and funds for military families and veterans to keep their pets during times of financial hardship.

Spangler was injured during his tour in Iraq, and Trainor served two combat tours in Afghanistan, where he suffered a traumatic brain injury that is slowly taking his eyesight.

This may be his last chance to see the country he fought for.

The military veterans, injured during their deployments and subsequently saved by the emotional support of their dogs, are taking this journey with the pups, as part of “Operation: Keep Your Spanky,” an assistance program that helps military families and veterans keep their much-needed and beloved pets during times of financial hardship.

The vets and their pets made a stop in Oklahoma City to tour the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum Wednesday.

Next stop: St. Louis.


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