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Featured News

Mid-Atlantic Region Finds a New Home for Veteran Canine

The U.S. General Services Administration helped find a home for a veteran canine after he could no longer serve in Afghanistan.  Military dogs are so respected within the military they are considered non-commissioned officers.  GSA’s Mid-Atlantic Region, based in Philadelphia, is the Center of Expertise for animals for the agency.  

K9 Caron was injured and unable to return to duty due to lameness in his hind legs.  He was initially placed on GSA Xcess with the chance of being transferred to another government agency, but there were no requests due to his medical condition. A retired military family in Florida offered to give Caron a loving home in retirement and pay for his medical bills. The family has adopted military and law enforcement working dogs since 2008, and has extensive training on handling a retired service dog.  

With the assistance of GSA Philadelphia staff, the family was able to adopt Caron and immediately begin the process of getting him much needed medical attention.  Caron is now on an 8-12 week therapy recovery program.  The family describes him as “AMAZING” and shared that adopting veteran dogs has “changed their lives.”  Such a happy ending for a well deserving veteran!

 

News Around the Region

GSA partners with federal agencies for successful e-recycling event in Philadelphia

GSA, in partnership with other federal agencies, recently hosted a free electronic recycling event for local, state and federal agencies in Philadelphia, PA.  Fifteen agencies contributed to the successful collection of over 53,500 pounds - 26.5 tons - of computers, laptops, printers, keyboards and other electronics.  

The electronics were broken down at recycling centers and recycled for material content by inmates who are employed by Federal Prisons Industries (also known as UNICOR) as part of their training and rehabilitation program.  This event was good for the environment and helped those in prison learn a skill.  It was also the federal government's way of being good neighbors to state and local agencies in the Philadelphia area.  E-recycling ensures responsible disposal and reuse of electronics.   

Electronic products are made from valuable resources and highly engineered materials, including metals, plastics, and glass, all of which require energy to mine and manufacture them.  Reusing and recycling consumer electronics conserves natural resources and avoids air and water pollution, as well as greenhouse gas emissions that are caused by manufacturing virgin materials.