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Local College Student Turns Project Into Fundraiser For Wounded Vets

March 17, 2017 10:36 PM

A local woman has turned her college project into a national fundraiser.

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Kathleen Crooks, a welding student at Lake Superior College, is selling metal fabrications she created with the proceeds going to PetsLoyal2Vets, an organization that pairs disabled veterans with PTSD dogs.

Crooks, whose father was a World War II veteran, is hopeful this project cues people to give to other veteran's assistance organizations.

"Twenty percent of vets that come out of the service reported to have PTSD, and rather than throwing drugs at them, a better alternative is to do the service pets so I just wanted to help raise money to make it more aware and help people donate to the cause, because I don't think we do enough for our veterans," said Crooks.

Crooks is in the process of making a total of 40 metal sculptures altogether., but she is donating about a half dozen of them to area organizations.

Robert Cheetham, an Iraqi War veteran, was the first person to buy one of the handmade metal sculptures.

"Anytime I see anything like this, being a veteran myself, I at least try to do something to help out, because we're all brothers and we have to help each other out," said Cheetham.

They are available for purchase for $125 through Kathleen Crooks. A link to her information can be found here.


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