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Ithier honored at Two EE's on Veterans Day

Posted: Friday, November 14, 2014

David Harris, of Our Turn to Serve, held a special celebration to honor a former Marine on Veterans Day. The event was held at Two EE’s Winery, 6808 N U.S. 24 E, on Tuesday, November 11, 2014. Honored during the ceremony was Wayne Ithier, former Marine and Vietnam War veteran.

According to Harris, “Wayne spends a great deal of his time helping other veterans.” Harris went on to say, “Wayne has received four purple hearts and was given the Bronze Star on April 30, 1967. The Bronze Star was lost in a typhoon and Ithier has never received the award he so deservedly earned.” Harris explained that he and his wife, Shirley, are working with Congressman Marlin Stutzman to see that Ithier receives that Bronze Star.

This past summer Two EE’s Winery held its first ever Vineyard Trail 5K run. The run brought in people from all areas of the state and netted the event a profit of $4,226.73. All the proceeds from the event were donated back to Our Turn to Serve.

Harris said, “I would like to thank Eric and Emily Harris and Kevin and Jeanice Cray for organizing the event, and their help in making it such a success since it was a first time event. Normally, this type of an event does not make money in its first year.” Harris went on to say that, “Money that is raised for this charity is never put back into administrative expenses; all money raised goes directly back to helping veterans.”

Our Turn to Serve (OTTS) was founded by David and Shirley Harris in 2008, and is dedicated to giving back to Indiana Veterans who have given so much through their selfless service to this country and its citizens. OTTS began by providing home renovations to disabled veterans but has now evolved to providing, training and matching service dogs with veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Our Turn to Serve is dedicated to assisting Indiana veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder by assisting veterans with trained, compatible service dogs capable of improving their quality of life. Our Turn to Serve provides these service dogs at no cost to the veterans, but the training process is an expensive one that sometimes will cost over $10,000 per dog. Mike Rowland, trainer, has over 20 years of training experience and has trained service dogs for a multitude of jobs as well as training dogs for athletic competition, therapy service and search and rescue. It is through his efforts and the Dogality system, with the mantra “good dogs are born, not bred,” that our program is possible. Rowland assists in the selection process and oversees the training program that prepares the dogs for their new lives as service dogs.

Even though Our Turn to Serve is blessed with generous sponsors and foundations to assist with funding the programs, it relies on generous supporters. Our Turn to Serve is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, so all contributions are tax deductible. Contact Our Turn to Serve by visiting www.ourturntoserve.org for more information and how to donate to the charity.

Shown in the photo is David Harris presenting a plaque to Wayne Ithier.