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      Local girl uses birthday money to help vets

      Shannon Fullam uses birthday money to help veterans

      A local high school student has come up with a unique way to help veterans. Shannon Fullam, a sophomore at Fayetteville Manlius High School, used her sweet sixteenth birthday party to raise funds for a local veterans group.

      Fullam raised $2,322.00 for Clear Path for Veterans Dogs2Vets program. The Chittenango based program uses specially trained dogs to help veterans recovering from PTSD and other disorders. Fullam says she came up with the idea for the sweet sixteen fundraiser after hearing about the Dogs2Vets program from a friend.

      "My family we've always been involved with the military, my dad was a firefighter and so was my uncle, so I kind of have an idea of the toll it can take on families and I think this is a great cause," she says. Earl Fontenot, Operations Manager for Clear Path for Veterans, says the money raised by Fullam will help Dogs2Vets add two more full time dogs to the program.

      "This is huge because the Dogs2vets program is growing rapidly. The vets are starting to realize the dogs can help a lot more than medication. So this money will help keep up with the demand," he says.