Thanks to the support of the
American Council of Life Insurers,
its member companies and the
ACLI Capital Challenge Road Race,
the following guide dog partnerships were made possible:
Maj. Joseph Brent Link, USMC (Ret.) and Tonka
Major Joe Link is a Vietnam War veteran who served in both the Marine Corps and on the Navy Task Force. He was blinded in 1983 due to a systematic infection received from an explosion while deployed in Vietnam. Maj. Link was partnered with Fidelco Guide Dog "Tonka" in 2014. "Traveling with Tonka is extraordinary," he shares. "I have never had an animal that works so hard and behaves so well. Tonka is a wonderful companion, and our relationship is still growing."
Sgt. James A. Robinson, U.S. Army (Ret.) and Cole
Sergeant James Robinson devoted more than one-half of his entire life in service to his nation and to his community. Upon graduation from high school, Sgt. Robinson enlisted in the United States Army and served for nine years as a tank commander at Fort Stewart, GA. Following his military career, Sgt. Robinson served in law enforcement for 20 years with the Florida Department of Corrections and the Polk County Sheriff's Office. Cole is his first guide dog, and he is described as "a lifeline and protector."
Lt. Bradley Snyder, USN (Ret.) and Gizzy
While deployed in Afghanistan with a Navy SEAL team in 2011, an improvised explosive device stole Lieutenant Brad Snyder's sight forever, but it couldn't touch his indomitable spirit and desire to succeed. Following weeks of intensive care, Lt. Snyder began his difficult road to recovery. His desire to find a new normal led the former United States Naval Academy Swim Team Captain to a place he knew by heart: the pool. Exactly one year after his battlefield injury - on his "Alive Day" - September 7, 2012, Lt. Snyder claimed his second gold medal at the London Paralympic Games. "It was a tremendous honor...to be able to throw on this uniform, wear my flag on my sleeve and compete for Team USA...[to] get back into the fight." Lt. Snyder was partnered with Gizzy in June 2013.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Anacostia Park, Washington, DC