Military, veterans charities split $1.5 million donation

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support veteransCathy Cook personally sees the impact of her work with a charity that provides donations of all sorts of equipment and tools to veterans.

Sometimes, when veterans are notified about what they will receive, they are moved to tears, said Cook, executive director of Work Vessels for Veterans, one of 29 military and veterans organizations that received a combined $1.5 million in donations from Newman’s Own Foundation.

She recalls notifying Army veteran Mickey Clayton that she would receive an all-terrain vehicle with special accessories to use on her sheep ranch in Oregon.

Because of a leg injury sustained in Iraq, Clayton is unable to ride a horse. “I have a hard time getting out to the farthest pastures or around the ranch to do routine things like round up animals, bring in sick or newborn calves and lambs, or check fence lines for regular upkeep,” Clayton wrote in her request for assistance.

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