Gold Star mother Karen Vaughn spoke on behalf of American Warrior Initiative, a non-profit arm of Fairway Independent Mortgage Company, at Christian Living Fellowship Church on Wednesday evening.

During the evening parishioners also heard from Fairway Independent Mortgage Company Regional Manager Louise Thaxton, who is the co-founder of American Warrior Initiative.

Thaxton gave a more in-depth explanation of what American Warrior Initiative does for service members and veterans across the country, including giving service dogs to those who need one.

Local veteran Kevin Schmidt has had his service dog Missy for more than ten years. But it is about time for Missy to retire.

On Wednesday, Schmidt learned that he will be receiving a new service dog on behalf of American Warrior Initiative.

Read the full story about Karen Vaughn and her American Warrior Initiative Freedom Tour in Sunday’s Leesville Daily Leader edition.