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Community garden to bring joy back to veterans' lives

DogTagSS builds community garden to help integrate veterans back into society. DogTagSS builds community garden to help integrate veterans back into society.
Cindy Moore Cindy Moore
Tom Moore Tom Moore
Harrison Keyton Harrison Keyton
Boy Scouts helped clear the old garden. Boy Scouts helped clear the old garden.
THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) -  A nonprofit organization called DogTagSS is providing veterans with the skills and support they need to reintegrate into society. 

Wednesday afternoon, south Georgia Boy Scouts helped build a new garden to give veterans their joy back.

Troop 309 wasted no time getting to work, helping turn this old garden into a space where veterans can interact with the community. 

Boy Scout Harrison Keyton said, “Well, it's definitely work.  But it's worth it in the end.  A little hard work ain't going to kill nobody.”

But the project was more than just landscaping.

The old garden sits behind a historic home on Fletcher Street.

The home is now occupied by Dog Tag Support System, a nonprofit focusing on giving veterans a fresh start.

DogTagSS Board Member Cindy Moore said, “It's a place they can reintegrate. They can still get the resources they need through therapy and through outreach programs in our community.  Then they can get back into the job market or go back to college.”

Veteran and Board Member Tom Moore said a support system like this can make a world of difference in a veteran's return. 

“I lost a lot of good friends, good buddies.  And you didn't come back when you were ready; you came back when they told you you could come back,” said Moore.

Soon, folks can come to the community garden to meet the veterans.

Their plan is to plant herbs and peppers in the shape of a dog tag.

“That dog tag is near and dear to a soldier's heart and something that they always carry with them.  And so when they leave here, the same thing, we want them to take this with them when they leave,” Moore said. 

It's a Warrior Garden where plants grow and veterans blossom.  

To learn more about this organization go to www.dogtagss.com

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