Today’s Dish: Salute Our Troops Special Edition

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We have fewer and fewer World War II and Korean veterans to hear and learn from.

Take the time to speak with any veteran And you’re likely to hear an amazing story.

102-year-old Louise Fleming was an army nurse in World War II and told our very own Scott McDonnell about keeping hope alive during the toughest of times.

Students across Connecticut are honoring our nation’s veterans in any way they can. Quinnipiac University filled up care packages with non-perishable food and daily essentials.

Some of which will be sent to veterans at a shelter in Bridgeport while the rest will be shipped to troops serving right now.

Students at Three Rivers Community College in Norwich will also honor veterans by placing flags on the town green. There are expected to be 300 to 500 flags.

In Connecticut, an organization has been helping to bring back independence to those who fought for ours.

That’s Fidelco’s mission. Fidelco German Shepard’s have a strong blood line of service. For the last 60 years, they have been guiding blind veterans. 

John Garappalo is a Korean War veteran  and has depended on guide dogs for the last 28 years since losing his vision. “Petra,” his current companion has brought back his quality of life.

The dogs cost on average $45,000 from the time they’re raised, trained and paired. All of the money comes from donors. 

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