The American Warrior Initiative (AWI) traveled to Leesville, Louisiana to hold an event honoring local veteran Kevin Schmidt. Also present was AWI’s Karen Vaughn, a Gold Star Mom who addressed more than 300 attendees about the cost of freedom. Karen is the mother of fallen U.S. Navy SEAL Aaron Carson Vaughn and is the best-selling author of World Changer: A Mother’s Story.
AWI honored Kevin by surprising him with a new service dog. After serving 23 years, Kevin received his first service dog, Misty, who has been with him for more than 10 years. Kevin’s new service dog will not replace Misty but will be there for him when Misty — now 12 years old — transitions into retirement.
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Co-founded by Louise Thaxton and Sean Parnell, the American Warrior Initiative is a non-profit organization sponsored by Fairway Independent Mortgage. AWI seeks to ease U.S. veterans’ transition from military to civilian life.
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