(BLOOMFIELD) - Former Air Force Technical Sergeant Harvey Holt of Bloomfield will finally bring his former partner home with him next week.
Holt, who now works as a deputy for the Greene County Sheriff's Department, will travel to Andrews Air Force Base on March 3 to pick up his fellow veteran a 10-year-old Belgina Malinois named Jjackson.
Holt has been trying to adopt the canine for seven years, but was told a couple of years ago that the military considered Jjackson unadoptable and that he would be euthanized upon retirement.
But last week, Holt was told he could adopt his partner. But he would have to meet the standards before Jjackson could come home - Jjackson requires a 10×20 foot concrete pad with an eight-foot fence and a small kennel that is heated.
Jjackson is also suffering from medical issues and might have to have one of his legs amputated.
Cook Group, Inc. will fly Holt and several others to Andrews AFB in their private jet to pick Jjackson up, and if weather allows American Legion Riders will provide an honor escort for the canine veteran.
Sunday, Holt reported that while Jjackson still needs donations for his immediate medical issues and a few other things, the generosity of those who have helped so far has gone a long way to ensuring a smooth transition for the retired hero. Community members have given to Jackson's Home for Heroes Fund at Bloomfield State Bank, and Holt said he is grateful for every donation, big or small. You may donate to Jjackson's Home for Heroes Fund at any Bloomfield State Bank branch. Holt asks that you keep your deposit slip so that the money can be returned to you if it is not needed.
Offers of other types of assistance can be made by emailing Holt at email@example.com or messaging Jjackson A Hero's Homecoming on Facebook.
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