Marine Corps League detachment to make donation to Veteran Service Dogs Organization

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published October 26, 2021

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UTICA — The Marine Corp League Detachment 154 has announced that it will be making an approximately $5,000 donation to the Veteran Service Dogs Organization to help a veteran get a trained dog to assist in the tasks of daily life.

Detachment 154 is going to present the donation check at a meeting at 8 p.m. Dec. 2 to a representative from the Veteran Service Dogs Organization at a meeting at 46146 Cass Ave. in Utica, the second floor of American Legion Post 351.

“We want to spread positive influence back to our brothers and sisters of the U.S. armed forces,” Steve August, a member of the league, said in an email.

“This year, we decided to do our first annual fundraiser golf outing. We had a huge success in making a substantial amount of money to be able to donate to Veteran Service Dogs. We (are) looking forward to doing additional fundraisers to help our fellow veterans and letting the local community know what we do for our own and will continue to do,” said August. 

The Marine Corps League’s mission is to preserve and honor the history of the United States Marine Corps; to bring together current Marines and those who served and were honorably discharged; to remember those who gave their lives for the United States; to support the ideals they fought for; to aid all Marines and their families; and to observe anniversaries of particular importance to Marines, including the Marine Corps birthday, Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

Mike Hall, the detachment’s senior vice commandant, said members wanted to reach out and let the community know that they are here to help those who need it.

“As an organization, we are looking to expand our presence in the community, as well as getting to know more of our brother and sister Marines. From our work with Toys for Tots to our Memorial Day and Veterans Day events, we want everyone to know we are here to serve our community. Our time in uniform may have ended but the desire to serve is still strong. We have Marines in our detachment that served in World War II through today’s conflicts,” he said via email.

Veteran Service Dogs believes that veterans and their families shouldn’t have to worry about being able to pay for the care they need.

They believe the veterans that they serve need a service animal. The dog provides many services and performs many tasks that aid a veteran in living a more fulfilling and accessible life.

Many organizations charge $25,000 or more to provide the training necessary for a dog to become a service dog. Veteran Service Dogs, as a non-profit organization, guarantees that a service dog and its training is provided at absolutely no cost to the veteran.

They are able to provide this service to local veterans free of charge because of the generous contributions of their supporters.

For more information about the Marine Corps League Detachment 154, visit