Vistakon is stepping forward to help veterans get free custom-trained service dogs through Operation Orion/K9s for Warriors.

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Hats off to Vistakon/Johnson and Johnson Vision Care. Employees there have rallied to help our veterans. Vistakon is donating $10,000 to Operation Orion, our FCN project to help K9s for Warriors give custom-trained service dogs to veterans with PTSD.

Vistakon's donation of 10K will be matched by the Weaver Foundation, effectively making the donation $20,000.

Eric Mitchell, speaking for Vistakon, says he and fellow employees work throughout the year to help veterans' causes.

Then they heard about Operation Orion and saw the story on FCN about the students, teachers, and families at Clay County's Shadowlawn Elementary. The school raised more than $4,000 for Operation Orion, mostly in dimes, pennies and quarters.

Mitchell says if those patriotic students can step forward to help our veterans -- "our heroes"-- then he figured his adult colleagues at Vistakon could certainly help, as well.

Vistakon is pledging continued support and more fundraising for Operation Orion.

According to Vistakon, 72 percent of its employees on the manufacturing side are veterans. Vistakon/Johnson and Johnson Vision Care makes Acuvue contact lenses in its facility off Southside Blvd.

If you'd like to have a fundraiser at your office or with your group, Jeannie Blaylock would love to feature your work on TV to inspire others. Just email me: jblaylock@firstcoastnews.com

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