Sam and Lydia: An act of service and devotion

on Monday, 19 December 2016.


US Marine Charlie Schletz gets comfortable with his precious cargo Lydia for the 1073 mile drive to Kansas City and her new owner, US Marine Sam Collins.

Travels with Charlie

Over a year ago, Sam Collins was an in-patient at the Kansas City VA Hospital undergoing treatment for cancer. Sam had had one type of cancer or another for going on 10 years straight. When the Hearts 4 Heroes US (H4HUS) truck pulled into the parking lot of the VA, he had no idea he’d meet someone that day that would change his life.

The H4HUS team put on a four-day clinic for inpatients and outpatients at the Kansas City VA. Alongside ten therapy dogs the H4H staff introduced the Veterans to canine assisted therapy. Sam figured he would attend; if for anything to break up the monotony of the VA. It was at this clinic he first met the three legged therapy dog Lydia. Often you’d find Sam and Lydia off to the side, off in the corner, or out in the middle of a field away from the larger group. Sam and Lydia’s relationship grew into one that he hadn’t felt in years.

Lake County Honor Flights Originate in North Chicago

on Friday, 06 September 2013.

Lake County Honor Flights are available to Veterans at no cost to honor their service and their sacrifice. The trip includes a personal guardian, transportation, airfare, meals, hotel accommodations (if necessary) and more.

Be a Hero! Honor a Veteran Today!

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Lowe's Military and Veteran Discount Available

on Monday, 01 December 2014. Posted in News

September 25, 2014 | Kate Horrell
Despite much debate, complaint, and argument, Lowe's continues to offer two different discount policies for various military folks. Unfortunately, there is a lot of confusion about the discount policies, amongst both the military and veteran population and also amongst the Lowe's staff.

Since most of the Lowe's staff has never served in the military, it is easy to understand how their own policies can be confusing to them. Please be kind and don't be rude to the staff. Honestly, from some of the comments I've seen here, I'm surprised they haven't cancelled the discounts altogether. Let's not have that happen because of confusion and frustration.

The official Lowe's policy, as listed on their website today, explains two different discounts: military and veteran. The way that Lowe's defines military and veteran is the key to understand which discount you might be eligible to receive. I have copied the section below from the Lowe's website, with some formatting changes to make it easier to read and understand.

Working Effectively with Military Families

on Saturday, 30 May 2015. Posted in News