Nonprofit Pairs Veteran with Guide Dog

 

Guiding Eyes for the Blind pic
Guiding Eyes for the Blind
Image: guidingeyes.org

Gary Fournier, a managing director at J.P. Morgan Securities, was recently named by financial magazine Barron’s as one of the top financial advisors in the United States. Among his charitable activities, Gary Fournier supports Guiding Eyes for the Blind, a nonprofit dedicated to matching blind people with trained dogs.

One of the organization’s beneficiaries this year, Brian, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and served five years in the Marine Corps, where he attained the rank of captain. As a civilian, he worked variously as a stockbroker, construction superintendent, and small business owner.

Following a motorcycle accident in 2009, Brian lost his eyesight and had to develop new skills. He learned how to read braille and use a cane at the Louisiana Center for the Blind, where he also took up woodworking classes. After successfully completing the course, he then applied for a job teaching woodworking to blind adults in Maryland.

Last March, Brian received his dog Yaz from Guiding Eyes for the Blind.

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