WASHOUGAL, Wash. (KOIN) — Washougal hosted the first Run to Remember Washington over the Memorial Day weekend.
All proceeds from the 5 and 10K races went to NW Battle Buddies, a non-profit that provides service dogs to veterans with PTSD.
Phil Carrol served in Vietnam and says his service dog, Rimfire, is more than just a pet.
“Dogs can read your emotions, even before you know you have them,” he says.
Carrol received the normally $23,000 dog for free thanks to Battle Buddies.
Director Shannon Walker hopes to pair 60 veterans with service dogs next year.
“NW Battle Buddies works to pay off a debt every free American owes. Freedom isn’t free. The fact is, I got if for free. I want to say thank you in a significant way.”
So does Sherri McMilllan, who owns Why Racing Events and started the Run to Remember.
“Memorial Day is to remember and honor those who have lost their lives,” she tells KOIN 6 News.