DOVER — The Mid-Atlantic Association for Women in Law Enforcement presented a check to the Kent County chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America for its Canines Assisting Service Heroes program July 28.
The association holds an annual conference, which was held in Rehoboth Beach in October 2021. After conference expenses were paid, remaining funds were slated for a charitable initiative. Delaware State Police Sgt. Kristin Smith co-chaired the conference committee and recommended a contribution to the canine program, and her board approved.
Sgt. Smith volunteers for a local dog rescue and was familiar with CASH, having helped with the donation of a dog it had rescued to a Delaware veteran.
The Kent County branch of Vietnam Veterans of America includes more than 230 members and 35 associate members. Canines Assisting Service Heroes has provided nine dogs, with another in training. The yearlong training course by Riedel K9 of Middletown costs $12,000 but includes healthy-dog vet visits for the awardees.
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