Cookeville, Tenn. – Mayor Ricky Shelton and County Executive Randy Porter issued a Proclamation today in appreciation of local Veterans, and urge citizens to learn more about the “Harvey Fund” and how services dogs can enhance the lives of veterans who have served our Country and community.
The Harvey Fund has been created by the Cookeville Regional Charitable Foundation in an effort to provide assistance to veterans enrolled at Tennessee Tech University, who rely upon therapy dogs. The Fund is an extension of The Pet Therapy Program, active at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
The Harvey Fund is established in honor of a very special veteran and his family, Aaron and Stephanie Voris and their service dog, Harvey. Aaron is a student at TTU in the pre-veterinary program. Harvey is a specially trained service dog and is Aaron’s support system as he deals with multiple injuries resulting from his military duties in Afghanistan.
With financial support from our community and veterinary guidance from Copeland Veterinary Hospital, Harvey will soon receive necessary medical attention and the Voris family can focus on the exciting future they are building together.
Donations may be made to the Harvey Fund by calling 931-783-2003 or visiting the Foundations website: www.CookevilleRegionalCharity.org. Donations may also be mailed to: CRMC Foundation, 1 Medical Center Blvd, Cookeville TN 38501. Please note Harvey on the check memo line. Gifts to the Fund are tax-deductible, and one-hundred percent of any donation to the Fund will be used to help local veterans relying on service dogs.
Harvey Fund recipients must be enrolled at TTU, be actively enrolled in the military or have evidence of a medical or honorable discharge, and rely upon a service dog that is trained through a national therapy animal group such as TADSAW.