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Veterans Appreciation 2022

Ohio Flame Inc. was proud to select a very special US Veteran this year to honor as part of our annual Veterans Appreciation event!  This Veteran was chosen based on the submission of their loved ones telling us why they are special to to them or how they served our Country.  Congratulations to our 2022 Veterans Appreciation winner, SGT Megan Wessels!

Actual submission below:

Veterans Appreciation 2022 Submission from Denise Walsh on behalf of her Veteran, SGT Megan Wessels - Army. 

Megan Wessels 2022 Veterans Appreciation Winner

"Megan joined the Army in 2008 as a way to help pay for college, but didn’t expect it to change her trajectory and purpose, for the rest of her life. After serving stateside, briefly in Germany, and completing a tour in the Middle East, Megan struggled with reintegration into civilian life. One of the ways she tried to cope was to help others. Shortly after returning home, Megan spent time at Camp Courageous in Iowa assisting adults with special needs and getting involved with Impact Equine, a horse rescue in Michigan. Adjustment was slow until a rescue pup named Bailey came along. After having her life saved by a service dog, she was able to soldier on and search for a new career that still offered her a chance to serve. After graduating from Lake Erie College, she found herself in front of high school students, trying to share her enthusiasm for learning. But, her passion for teaching and service didn’t stop there. Megan went on to achieve being a certified professional dog trainer with plans to help other veterans regain independence, peace, and freedom by focusing on service dog training and breeding. She is the proud founder of Mission Ready Retrievers, Ltd and she just welcomed her first litter in the beginning of November. Their goal is as follows, “Whether it’s taking on the life-saving mission of being a service dog, encouraging others through therapy dog work, or striving to be the best family dog in town, Mission Ready Retrievers are ready to report for duty.” 

Megan Wessels 2022 Veterans Appreciation Winner

Megan rarely slows down and almost never takes time for herself. Her calendar is packed with working full-time as a public school teacher (Chardon High School), working part-time as a dog trainer, working to get Mission Ready Retrievers, Ltd. up and running, but also fundraising for the local shelter that kept Bailey safe until they met, volunteering with various organizations teaching about animal behavior, fostering over 25 dogs in the last year, and more.
Megan Wessels 2022 Veterans Appreciation Winner
Sadly, the last 12 months have been exceptionally hard. She lost her service dog to cancer, was in a horrific vehicle accident, and had to shoulder immediate family member’s health concerns. A fire pit may be small to some, but my hope is that it will give Megan an opportunity to slow down, enjoy peaceful moments, and remind her how much she is truly appreciated.

Megan Wessels 2022 Veterans Appreciation Winner

Thank you for the opportunity to share how my special veteran has served her country and continues to serve her community.

Sincerely,
Denise Walsh"

Thank you for your submission, Denise.  Congratulations to Megan for being our 2022 Veterans Appreciation winner, and THANK YOU for your Service!