Maryleigh Myers Miller, a military spouse, will kick off on Saturday this year's Battle Buddy Run, an event that raises money to provide service dogs for veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.
The run will be at Kastner Intermediate School in northeast Fresno from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. There will be a vendor fair at the school site on First Street that will host 35 booths. A 5-kilometer run will begin at 4 p.m. and a family-dog run and walk will begin at 5 p.m.
The run is organized through The Battle Buddy Foundation. Marine Cpl. Kenny Bass, an Iraq veteran and co-founder of The Battle Buddy Foundation, also will be at the event. Bass has his own service dog, Atlas, and says it has helped him cope with "stress triggers."
Miller, the event organizer this year, is married to an Army sergeant who is on his second deployment. Miller said it is important to create awareness of post-traumatic stress syndrome to help those who serve in the military.
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