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The Voice - Student Newspaper

Benefit concert for war hero dog was a success

Claire Muir
The Voice

On Veteran's Day, a benefit concert was held in Tempe to raise money to build a no-kill animal sanctuary. The concert was held in honor of a heroic dog named Target and Her owner Sgt. Terry M. Young who are both Veterans of the Afghanistan War.
Target was accidently euthanized last year, after being mistaken for another dog scheduled to be killed. She had run off from her new home here in the United States with Sgt. Terry Young and his family. Sgt. Young met Target while also serving in Afghanistan, as an army medic.
He had treated Target for injuries she received when hit by shrapnel while rescuing United States soldiers. He was so impressed by her heroism that he adopted her and got her sent here to the United States after her discharged from the army.
This benefit was sponsored by two groups Targets Angels and Targets Bunkers. They were able to do so through donations and the help of several volunteers.
This concert was very successful and featured all-star rock bands that were there volunteering their time and talent.
The list of bands included; Ghost 211, Renegade Suite, Dan Wexler from ICON/Alice Cooper, Wiley Arnett from Sacred Right /The Human Condition, Eric AK from Flotsam and Jetsam/The Human Condition as well as Kevin Kavanaugh from Bungie, Chior Boys and Helix. The show also included local comedians volunteering like, Garibaldi the Comedy pimp and Kass McFearson.
During the benefit concert, Sgt. Young was presented with a beautiful custom guitar that was donated by Wulffson Customs.
Although they raised $2,500 at the concert, they still have a long way to go to reach their goal of $2 million to $4 million, the estimated cost to build the sanctuary. According to Kerri Ruehs, the president of Targets Angels, they are planning several concerts to achieve this goal.
They are hoping to be able to break ground and start building by 2014. They are looking for local pet-based businesses willing to sponsor them in their efforts.
If you are interested in donating your time, money or merchandise to assist these two caring groups in achieving the dream of a no-kill animal shelter, simply log onto or and click on donation.

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