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Day 131: Gift-A-Bear – SGT Devin Snyder

Gift-A-Bear – SGT Devin Snyder – June 19, 2011

August 7, 1990 – June 4, 2011

SGT Devin A. Snyder of Cohocton, New York was killed in action in Afghanistan. She entered the U.S. Army on August 11, 2008 at FT. Leonard Wood, MO as part of Company D, 787th Military Police Battalion as a Private (E-2). Assigned to the 164th MP Company, 793rd Military Police Battalion in Fort Richardson, SGT Snyder was deployed to Afghanistan in March 2011.

Here at General Sarge HQ – We honor SGT Devin Snyder today – A fallen Hero.

Our mission is to encourage military families. Yesterday, Saturday, June 18, we attended SGT Snyder’s funeral in Cohocton.

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The turnout of support for the family was amazing. The patriotism was breath-taking. The honor of attending the funeral, was great and unforgettable. Not only did we attend, but we were also honored to have an opportunity to present the first General Sarge Gift-A-Bear Campaign Build-A-Bear teddy bear to the family.

Through the kind support of Build-A-Bear and others, General Sarge was able to give this special furry-friend to the Snyder family. As we all know, there’s just something about a teddy bear that brings comfort in times like this.

Our hope and prayer is that this Gift-A-Bear will comfort the Snyder family in the days ahead.

General Sarge Gift-A-Bear Campaign

Another privilege was the opportunity to join the area Patriot Guard Riders on the drive to Cohocton for the funeral. While we were in our Mustang, the Patriot Guard Riders allowed us to follow their group of motorcycles.

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Image by drrus2000 via Flickr

The riders we met up with in Palmyra, New York were more than happy to have us, along with General Sarge and the Gift-A-Bear, join them for the drive.

In the days ahead our hope and prayer is to have the ability to give even more General Sarge Gift-A-Bear teddy bears to others. Whether it’s to the families of fallen heroes, to heroes wounded in action or to military family children, General Sarge wants to encourage military families through his furry-friends.

Gift-A-Bear Campaign Donations

You can support the Gift-A-Bear Campaign by making a donation. The average cost of a military Build-A-Bear is between $35-$40. Our goal is to have available funds ready so when the need arises we can readily provide a Gift-A-Bear to a military family.

You can help out now by making a donation to the
Gift-A-Bear Campaign fund via Paypal.

Thank you in advance for your support. Your donations are appreciated toward this worthy cause.

Staying Army Strong!
Dr. Rus

7 thoughts on “Day 131: Gift-A-Bear – SGT Devin Snyder

    1. Hi Trisha;

      Thanks so much. We really do feel honored to have this opportunity to encourage military families. Who would have thought this little General Sarge project meant at first to keep me sane with Ben in the Army would grow to where it is now.


      1. I have to agree with Trisha, the General Sarge project as you call it, is amazing and it’s helping so many people out and I know that Slappy Bear is proud to be part of the General Sarge entourage 😉

        1. Thanks for your kind words Karen. I had a surprise call from Ben last night too as he wished me a Happy Father’s Day. We were telling him about it too and he is amazed at how his little bear is now encouraging so many.

    1. Thanks Janet. While it’s a difficult situation, I’m always happy to encourage people and I know furry-friends always help that process.

      Thanks for your support.

      Two paws up.
      General Sarge

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