Semper K9 Welcomes New Pup Wiley

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Semper K9 is excited to welcome Wiley into their service dogs for veterans program. Wiley is a four-month-old yellow lab donated by Graystone Retrievers. Wiley is named in memory of Tuskegee Airman COL James T. Wiley. Semper K9’s Wiley is sponsored by TREA The Enlisted Association.

James Thomas Wiley was the grandson of a freed slave who settled in Pennsylvania after the Civil War. James received a scholarship to the University of Pittsburgh and earned a degree in physics. Because of the racial climate at the time, he was unable to find a job in his field, so James accepted a job as a chauffeur while he looked for other options. When he heard about a government program to train pilots as the country inched closer to entering World War II, James jumped at the opportunity. His pilot training led him to the Air Base in Tuskegee, Alabama, where he worked as an instructor before enlisting in 1942 and joined the 99th Pursuit Squadron of the Army Air Force.

Find out more about Wiley & COL Wiley at semperk9.org/dogs/Wiley.

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