Community partners honor young disabled vet and his service dog

  • Monday, March 10, 2014

Hospice Care of South Carolina volunteer Bob Kaelin proudly salutes CPL Burgess after the Veteran's Pinning Ceremony held recently in honor of Burgess and Brinks.

Grand Strand Homewatch CareGivers and Hospice Care of South Carolina partnered recently to honor and pin E-4/CPL Matt Burgess, a disabled Iraq War Veteran, and his Certified Service Dog, Brinks.

In a ceremony at the Socastee Public Library, Burgess and Brinks were each awarded a Certificate of Recognition for their honorable service to the United States Army, for defending our country and our freedom.

Veteran Bob Kaelin, a volunteer with a Hospice Care of South Carolina, who regularly honors Veterans in Horry and Georgetown Counties through the company’s We Honor Veterans program, spoke of the selfless love of country and commitment to freedom that runs through the veins of honorable servicemen and women.

Saluting Burgess, who suffers serious illness and disabilities due to the anthrax vaccine that he received prior to his deployment to Iraq, was a proud moment for Kaelin.

“This young man and his service dog, Brinks, deserve to receive this honor for the sacrifices made for our great country,” said Kaelin.

Rick Kaplan of Canine Angels, a local service dog training non-profit, who trained Brinks as a Certified Service Dog, spoke proudly of Burgess’s extraordinary efforts during the training program and of Brinks’ loyal commitment to maintain quality of life for Burgess.

Burgess, formerly of Atlanta, recently purchased a home on the Grand Strand to continue working with Kaplan’s Canine Angels, who he regards as the best in the business. Burgess and Brinks travel with Kaplan and his pack of rescue dogs, to area church groups and organizations to bring awareness to the uniqueness of the program.

Hospice Care of South Carolina, the award-winning leader in hospice care in the state, has offices in Horry and Georgetown Counties. For more information visit www.hospicecare.net.

Grand Strand Homewatch CareGivers serves all of Horry and Georgetown, with over 30 years of quality home care experience nationwide and can be found at www.homewatchcaregivers.com.

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