Military Notebook: Perry animal hospital donates $1,500 to help wounded warriors

February 8, 2014 

Westmoreland & Slappey Animal Hospital of Perry donated $1,500 to a local group that works to help wounded warriors enjoy hunting and fishing.

The donation was made Thursday to Amputee Outdoors, founded by Tony Mullis and Michael Boucher of Hawkinsville.

The two served as Marines in Afghanistan, and they each lost both legs. They both had a passion for hunting and fishing prior to their injuries, and they sought ways to continue that during their recovery.

That led them to start a group aimed at helping other wounded vets participate in outdoor activities. They have organized hunts in the area and acquired specialized equipment.

Veterinarian Scott Westmoreland is a volunteer for Wounded Warriors, and he started selling T-shirts at his office, with all of the proceeds going toward the group. Mullis is one of his clients, and when he found out about the group Mullis started, he decided to make the donation from last year’s T-shirt sales to Amputee Outdoors.

Westmoreland pays the cost of making the T-shirts and donates all of the money from the sales. While he said most of the sales are to his clients, anyone can come to the office and buy a shirt.

Local veterans advocate testifies to Congress

A Warner Robins man recently testified before Congress, giving his objections to a controversial plan to curb retirement benefits for veterans.

Rick Delaney serves as national president of the Retired Enlisted Association. On Jan. 28, he gave oral and written testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee.

A budget agreement approved by Congress and signed by the president calls for a one percentage point reduction in the annual cost of living adjustment for military retirees.

“We believe that, without a doubt, cutting promised and earned benefits and compensation will have a seriously negative effect on the Armed Services and the nation’s military readiness,” Delaney stated in his written testimony.

He also pointed out that federal civilian employees were grandfathered in for cuts made to retirement benefits, but that was not done for military personnel.

“I can tell you that our members are very alarmed and fearful that this is only the first shoe to drop, and they already feel betrayed,” he said in the statement.

To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.

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