The Alabama War Dogs Memorial Task force

Early History
The idea for an Alabama War Dogs Memorial came about in April 2005 during a casual meeting with veterans at the Alabama Veterans Memorial Park and formalized several months later after meeting John Burnam, Chairman of the National War Dogs Memorial project and Bill Wigginton, a veteran war dog handler and NWDM director. Within several months a feasibility action plan was put to paper and presented to the Executive Director of Hand-In-Paw and the Alabama Veterans Memorial Foundation. After a slow start, priorities shifted and interest waned for various reason and all entities went their separate ways. However, in December 2005 a revitalized and more dedicated task force emerged as Jim & Susan Bradshaw, and Bill Stoeffhaas of Style Advertising volunteered their services. The AWDM Task Force held their first planning meeting in January 2006. In February 2006 Marga Griffin-Jones and Virginia Cain joined the AWDM Task Force; with a project plan in hand committees were assigned and marching orders given. Our 501 (c) 3, non-profit application was granted in 21 days; the rest will be history.

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AWDM Foundation Board of Directors:

  President and Executive Director: John O’Malley, Strategic Visions, Inc.
  Secretary: Bill Wigginton*
  Treasurer: Carole Freeze
  Director: Virginia Cain
  Director: Louise Wood, Trussville City Schools
  Director: Linda Keller
  Director: Bill Stoeffhaas, Style Advertising
  Director: Pamela May, DVM
  Director: Jacqueline Meyer, Greater Birmingham Humane Society
  Director: Wade Franks, Huntsville Region*
  Director: Robert Kevin Yates, Anniston-Gadsden
  Director: Montgomery, open
  Director: Roy Burchfield, Mobile Region*
  Director & Legal Counsel: Jack CarneyAWDM Foundation Partners:

  Public Relations/Marketing Partner: Style Advertising, Birmingham, AL
  Monument Partner: Clark Memorials, Birmingham, AL
  Placement Partner: USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park, Mobile, AL
  Casting Partner: Sloss Furnaces Metal Arts, Birmingham, AL

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C. Wade Franks & Little Joe

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