Kiwanis concert benefits wounded vets
The Kiwanis Club of Carson Valley is sponsoring a concert that will improve the quality of life of Gardnerville resident Fred Meyling and other injured veterans like him.Southern California band Woody and the Longboards are performing a “Soar Like an Eagle,” benefit concert Feb. 23 in the CVIC Hall. The Kiwanis have partnered with the G-3-1 Korea Association which provides trained service animals to wounded military service personnel. In 1984, Meyling fell 28 feet from a roof and broke his back, leaving him a paraplegic.After 28 years service in the Army as a Green Beret, Meyling, 58, is a strong advocate for veterans, working both one-on-one and with groups like Wheelers for the Wounded.“It’s always been my hope to be able to leave this world a better place for those that follow,” Meyling said. “And to make it easier for them to achieve their goals and dreams.” In March of 2012, Meyling’s first service dog, Porter, was shot and killed in Fallon when he wandered onto a neighbor’s property. “It was very tragic losing Porter. It was heartbreaking,” Meyling said. “He was able to help get me from one place to another, especially in soft dirt, sand, or bouncy terrain. Last month I got stuck four times in the yard, and by the time I got unstuck I was done for the day because I was wore out.” On Feb. 22, the G-3-1 Association will present Meyling with Cyrus, a Siberian Husky trained by Alicia Miller of Operation Wolfhound. “The possibilities are endless for what it will do for my quality of life, and also so people can see what a service dog can do for them,” Meyling said. “It models good things and allows me to put in a lot more during the day.”Meyling said it will take a little time for Cyrus and him to learn how to work together.“It’s just getting to know them and letting them get to know you. Dogs have personalities, too,” he said. “Like any new partnership you have to take it slow and learn where their strengths are, and what communication they need to do what you want.”Meyling, Cyrus, Miller and members of the G-3-1 Association will be in attendance at the concert for a brief presentation and demonstration.In keeping with the Eagles & Agriculture theme of the weekend, Woody and the Longboards will be performing their Eagles tribute show.Band members include John “Woodie” Keating who started the band after leaving employment as a musician for Disney, and Chris Farmer, formerly the music director for the Beach Boys. In addition to their Eagles tribute, audience members can expect to hear other songs from their repertoire including the Beach Boys and Journey.Tickets for the concert are $15 and are available through the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Carson Valley Arts Council. Seating is limited, so buy tickets in advance. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the performance begins at 7 p.m. Beer, wine and sodas will be available for purchase and attendees will have the opportunity to bid on theme baskets comprised of merchandise and gift certificates donated by local merchants.For more information, contact Gary Dove at 265-9443 or visit the Kiwanis Club of Carson Valley Facebook page.