By WVUA 23 Reporter Samantha Fisher

The University of Alabama Office of Veteran and Military Affairs held a fundraiser for VA Office members with emotional support dogs at Alcove Tavern Tuesday.

“Pints, Pets and Military Vets” is a benefit that provides aid to servicepeople who keep emotional support animals. Holly Blankenship is a student at the University of Alabama who organized this event for its inaugural year.

The funds go toward maintenance of the dogs, which can include food or vet appointments. Their goal was to raise between $200 and $300, and then divide the funds accordingly.

“Veterans week is not about them just patting themselves on the shoulder,” said Office of Veteran and Military Affairs Assistant Director Alex Bynum. “I always say, ‘Thank you for your service, and –.’ So this is our way of saying, ‘Thank you for your service and let’s give you some information about something that could help you with your physical and mental health.’”

While this fundraiser is for the benefit of veterans with emotional support animals, some servicepeople came out to contribute to the cause.

“I don’t personally have an emotional animal or any kind of service animal, but for people who do need them to live normal lives, I’m all about it,” said veteran Slade Salmon, who served from 2013 to 2017.

For further information or to make a donation, visit and click the “Veteran Affairs” tab and receive a t-shirt for your donation.

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