Gavin DeGraw’s support for veterans and rescued dogs with Paws of War

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Seasonal staple “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” one of six holiday hits from her new EP A classic Christmasundoubtedly touched singer Gavin DeGraw’s heart recently as he watched dogs celebrate the fact that they now have a forever home with members of the military at an event to benefit Paws of War.

During the private reception, held in mid-December at The Wilson restaurant in New York, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Matt Brustein received Sadie, a former shelter dog turned service dog. Brustein told Fox 5 News: “She is truly a shining star in my life right now. » Brustein suffers from PTSD after serving his country for eight years, including two deployments to Iraq and one to Afghanistan.

The evening also served as a reunion between 1st Lt. Alyse Schnurr, a U.S. Army air defense officer, and Kucik, a puppy she had bonded with during a nine-month deployment to the Middle East .

Schnurr, who had contacted Paws of War to bring the puppy home, told Fox News: “I was so happy and so excited to have her back – it reminded me how great it was to have a little four-legged friend there- low while I was away from my friends and family. .”

Here’s a look back at First Lt. Schnurr thanking Paws of War and everyone who was raising money at the time to make Kucik’s trip to his home in the United States possible:

“Paws of War is a wonderful organization and it’s for a wonderful cause,” says Grammy nominee DeGraw, who is both the son and grandson of veterans.

Gavin DeGraw, multiplatinum GRAMMY® Award-nominated singer and songwriter. Photo: PRWeb

“I am happy to be able to give back to our veterans, especially during the holiday season. My dog, Buddy, is my best friend, so I understand the connection and comfort that animals bring us. With many veterans in my family, supporting them has always been extremely important to me and I am honored to be a part of this event.

Founded in 2014, Paws of War has since its inception reunited more than 600 pets with the military personnel who rescued and cared for them while deployed overseas through the War Torn Pups & Cats program.

The group has rescued hundreds of dogs from shelters, providing them with the necessary training (at no cost to the veteran) to become service dogs for veterinarians dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or trauma cranial injury (TCC). .

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