WIREGRASS, Ala. (WDHN) — Wiregrass residents and businesses have teamed up to raise $30,000 for a veteran’s service dog.

The funds were raised for the Battle Buddy Foundation at the annual Wiregrass Memorial Day Ceremony. $30,000 from donations and matching gifts were raised from individual donations and three businesses: Mike Schmitz, Miles of Flowers, and Dennis Lee Furniture.

Robert and Toni Byrd, of Sunset Memorial Park, gave a matching donation to allow Battle Buddy to fund a service dog for one lucky veteran, Kenny Bass, founder of The Battle Buddy Foundation, along with service dog, Atlas.

Bass is a disabled Marine combat veteran. Both he, and his service dog, Atlas, spoke of his time in the Iraq War, being injured, and post-war life with PTSD and other combat-related trauma.

Bass credits Atlas for saving his life.

Mr. Bass was tasked with paying for Atlas on his own, which would have cost.

It was then Bass decided that no other veteran should have to deal with those struggles and that was the beginning of the Battle Buddy Foundation. The Battle Buddy Foundation provides service dogs, and their training, to veterans at no charge.