In Honor of Vets & Guide Dogs

Real Estate Agent with DFW FINE PROPERTIES 0506509


Today I share a new post and one I wrote in 2010 about Guide Dogs who bid farewell to U.S. Troops. After 9/11/2001, I welcomed troops on a regular basis and took many photos while I greeted the Troops. One day, I stopped and I don't recall if visitors weren't allowed or not. Earlier this morning I saw a Wounded Warrior Commercial on T.V. My hearts aches for so many who were wounded. Either I'm getting older, or these soldiers are a lot younger than I remember.



Veterans of Foreign Wars have always meant a lot to me. I even have my Military Relocation Program designation and I am a long standing member of Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States Auxiliary. During the Vietnam War I wrote aerograms to soldiers to keep their spirits up and ended up marrying one. He was buried long ago.




When my nephews went off to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan, I sent care packages. 

Let us never forget their services or the dogs who provided service, so desperately needed. Or the soldiers who came home but never formerly honored and struggled to fit back into society. Or the ones who suffered before there was a name like PTSD. Or the ones who suffer from PTSD now. Or the ones who didn't live long enough to see their children grow up to become teenagers or adults (like mine). Or the children who had a parent who served in war and were angry because their parent who served never lived long enough to see them graduate or get married.  RIP Gerald Feager (wearing helmet).


photo I received from him when stationed in Vietnam in 1970. He was my husband and father of my children. 



Guide Dogs Bid Farwell to U.S. Troops Deployed to Afghanistan

Real Estate Agent with DFW FINE PROPERTIES 0506509
November 22, 2010 05:20 PM

I bid farewell to the troops at DFW Airport this morning and here's a row of Guide Dogs (all pup's in training) that went to send them off safely. The pups really helped put on a nice smile on the Soldiers faces!

The dogs all looked pretty lethargic until the troops passed through.


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Comments (13)

Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Sorry to hear about your husband!  But what a nice post you made about the soldiers and the guide dogs.

Sep 16, 2021 08:45 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089 - This past Sunday evening, the media announced the Dallas Shelters were empty for the very first time. I'm not at all surprised. 

Sep 22, 2021 03:33 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Yes everyone involved, the animals and the vets. May they make great teams Great success ahead

Sep 16, 2021 10:23 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Laura Cerrano - Dogs really do give unconditional love to those who care. There is no fooling any dog. 

Sep 22, 2021 03:32 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

May your husband never ever be forgotten and always have a place with you and those you love. Sending love and light and prayers

Sep 16, 2021 10:25 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Laura Cerrano - your sacred heart and goodness will not be forgotten either. Sending you love and light right back. 

Sep 22, 2021 03:31 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Patricia it breaks my heart reading this post RIP Gerald.... 1974 came back to me painfully as we were watching on TV at West Point the evacuation of the American Embassy in Hanoi.... and I will just leave it at that....Endre

Sep 16, 2021 11:37 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Endre Barath, Jr. - Although there was a draft, my spouse, like many Patriots volunteered to serve. Yes! they had a choice. Vicariously, I lived through the hells of war reading his aerograms while he was in the jungles of Viet Nam. When he described the humid, inhuman conditions he endured I needed to take a buble bath to feel clean after reading what he went through. Whenever he wrote telling me not to worry, i.e., in May, 1970 because his chopper was getting ready for a secret mission, and if I didn't hear back to pray, I prayed as if my life depended on his life for survival. My daughter was born in December 1973 and I knew he was in reserves and when 1974 occurred he went into deep depression that impacted me and my baby. Nobody in my family cared! I became a soldier to fight for my immediate family and I will leave it at that...

Sep 22, 2021 03:29 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Patricia. As we watch what the government is spending on illegals at the border and I am nauseated at the treatment of our soldiers and veterans. Those in Washington, politicians and policy makers should be replaced so those who served can get what they deserve. It is pitiful but people like you help ease the pain. Thank you

Sep 17, 2021 04:30 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Wayne Martin - it makes me ill at heart for what this administration is spending on illegals at the border. It makes my straight hair curl with anger. Those in D.C. who approve this disservice to our country should be kicked out of this country. 

Sep 22, 2021 03:20 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Many soldiers struggle with reentry and with life after service. It is wonderful that there are a lot of non-profits who address these issues today. That has not always been the case.

And thank you for sharing Gerald's photos and your thoughts. R.I.P. Gerald.


Sep 17, 2021 05:04 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Kat Palmiotti - reentry after war is harder than polititians and many people think. I remember the adrenolin rush I had to keep him alive after he received his death sentence by the doctor, twenty-four hours to live or less... Because he was so young and I was too, we fought back with a vengenance and he survived three and a half months. But I can tell you, after it was all done, I broke down to my knees and was soaked by my puddle of tears. Then, when I struggled to get financial aid for my childen's education and was rejected because I had a house and they wouldn't listen to me, I wasn't qualified to buy the house when we bought it, because I was a stay-at-home mom and he worked 3 jobs, it didn't matter. My sacrifices to educate myself and my children were greater than anyone can imagine. And I did it all without any human support or non-profit organization. Funny, I never thought of myself as being strong or weak - I simply did what needed to be done for the greatest loves of my life, my children and their father. 

Sep 22, 2021 03:17 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Patricia... they are all heroes who should not be forgotten... our soldiers, our service dogs. I can never read something like your post without becoming emotional.

Sep 17, 2021 05:10 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Nina Hollander, Broker - Pets are needed for emotional comfort. Ironically, on the news last Sunday night, they announced for the first time the Dallas Shelters were empty. Doesn't that just put hair on the ends of your arms and melt your heart?

Sep 22, 2021 03:10 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a wonderful post you shared with us, and I am in agreement with Wayne Martin's  comment.  The service dogs are wonderful creatures, and I have met several.  A

Sep 17, 2021 06:15 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Ron and Alexandra Seigel - If there were service dogs when my spouse was fighting a war, I'm not aware. But I can tell you before I got married, before I had pots and pans, a bed to sleep in, or appliances for a rental apartment, his highest priority was a dog and that was our first purchase and how we began our life together. 

Sep 22, 2021 03:09 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Patricia - I am currently reading a book about the changes that occurred in 1974 in our country and many aspects of life so this post makes a good companion piece. 


While dogs are often companions to us in very different ways, they also serve to serve and protect in(to me) with duties that seem almost unimaginable.  Although I joined ActiveRain in March of 2010, I was still lurking when the post you reference was first published.  


Looking back into our AR Archives can be like looking back into our personal history.  And like personal history those visit can be sad but also reflective.  For ourselves and possibly others in all kinds of ways.    

Sep 17, 2021 06:40 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Michael Jacobs - your thoughtful and lengthy comment is appreciated. It is important to go back in factual history to understand more fully how it impacted the world we live in now. Personally, there were many tumultuous occurrences for me in between January 1, 1970 through December 31, 1979. The relationship between U.S. and World history and personal history that occurred behind closed doors contain two different topics of curiousity and insights. I survived! As you read about the changes in history in 1974, I hope you gain personal knowledge that is important for you to know. Each generation and decade of life's history presents examples of culture, social, economic, war, and women's stories, just to name a few. May you find clarity to your burning questions and continue to grow in wisdom and understanding. Seriously, your comment was meaningful and appreciated. 

Sep 22, 2021 02:54 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

It is sad that so many of the service people that come back from recent conflicts almost do so as secret agents.  When our country was involved in world conflicts, they gave these returning servicemen and women ticker tape parades and now they don't even get a mention

Sep 17, 2021 10:02 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Ed Silva - the rules of war are very different from a citizen who never went to war. During times of conflict, soldiers take orders. They never stop because of rain, sleet, ice, or scorching heat. We, who did not live in foreign war torn countries were lucky to get out of the rain, turn on air conditioning, relax or go to the movies. Until recent years and what we are going through now, most did not appreciate the freedom we received because of the sacrifices of our soldiers. Vicariously, I lived through two years of going through the Vietnam conflict while studying in school in preparation for graduation and simultaneously communicating via aerograms written and received by soldiers. Then, when I married, it wasn't just my spouse who was spit on and rejected by society, as a spouse, I was not treated well by others, especially the medical community when trying to get help for him or my children after they were born. No. There was no government help and support for us personally if it did exist was not available for us. The greatest gift we we ever received was being approved for a VA Loan in July 1979 after years of emotional, financial, and personal sacrifices. I was thankful, I was able to give him an honorable funeral with military services, tap and gun shot salute. 

Sep 22, 2021 03:05 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

I wanted to thank everyone for your comments that were so thoughtful and caring. 

Sep 20, 2021 07:36 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh, this is such a poignant post, Patricia. R.I.P. Gerald Feager and know that we are so very thankful for you and all of our military (humans and fur babies) for your service to our nation. 

Sep 21, 2021 07:14 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Debe Maxwell, CRS - You're such a busy lady and I know your days are full. The fact that you made time to read my story and comment is deeply appreciated. 

Sep 22, 2021 02:37 AM