Southfield (CW50) – On this week’s STREET BEAT, Amyre Makupson helps to honor the Men, Women and Service Dogs that have served our nation in times of war and peace. First, we speak with Dave Dunckel, Strategy Specialist for the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency about the current state of our local veterans.

Dave Dunckel, Strategy Specialist for the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (Credit: Logan Tesmer/CW50)

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Then, we talk with Vito Anthony Pampalona as he tells us how his years of service has shaped his life and about his book.

Sgt. Vito Anthony Pampalona, U.S. Army Veteran (Credit: Logan Tesmer/CW50)

Next, Mary Lamparter, Regional Coordinator for Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs and Marty Baird, Veteran and Guardian Angels recipient, joins us with his dog GP to tell us how Service Dogs are an essential part in helping soldiers.

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Mary Lamparter, Regional Coordinator for Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, and Marty Baird, Veteran and Guardian Angels recipient, with GP, Medical Service Dog (Credit: Olivia Bennett/CW50)

GP, Guardian Angel Medical Service Dog (Credit: Olivia Bennett/CW50)

Lastly, Phil Weitlauf, President and Director of the Michigan War Dog Memorial, highlights the importance of creating an appropriate space to honor fallen Military Working Dogs.

Phil Weitlauf, President and Director of Michigan War Dog Memorial (Credit: Logan Tesmer/CW50)

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