In Memory of Col. Bobby J. Finch, (USA Ret.)
Bobbie Jaxon Finch
Dec. 3rd, 1941 - June 7th, 2018
Bobbie & Brodie
Col. Bobby J. Finch, (USA Ret.), was one of the initial veterans completing the Service Dog Training and certification through Vets To Vets United, Inc. Bobbie was known as "Tweety Bird" by her Vets To Vets United peers. Vets To Vets United, Inc. was blessed after her passing to be the recipient of a donation in her will. The Board Of Directors made the decision to create an endowment Trust to honor her in memoriam as she would have wanted to continue the mission and goals of the organization.
Bobbie Finch's time during her training time at Vets To Vets United, Inc. was not only focused Brodie, but always focused on helping many others. Although wheelchair bound, her demeaner as an Army Col. seemed to come through to encourage others to keep on going. She motivated others with her very colorful language. Bobbie's hope was to see that Vets To Vets United, Inc. continued to meet it's goals & mission and to always grow to help veterans in need by providing them service dogs in training.
Bobbie was born in Raleigh, and in her final days she lived in Durham, NC. Col. Finch was a graduate of Broughton High School and earned three degrees at one time from Durham Tech Community College in General Education, Computer Programming and Paralegal. She was a Nurse Anesthetist at Watts Hospital at that time, now Duke Regional Hospital.
Col. Finch was a member of the Air Force Nurse Corps, Army Nurse Corps and Army Nurse Corps Reserves. She was the recipient of the Army Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal and the Army Achievement Medal. She was Commander of Chapter 21 Disabled American Veterans in Durham for 10 years.
She was a member of the American Legion Post 6, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 503NC, Rolling Thunder Chapter 4 and Chapter 7 in North Carolina, Vets to Vets United, Inc. (a group that trained service dogs for disabled veterans for free) and a charter member of the Women’s War Memorial in Washington, DC.
Her most memorable accomplishment was with the 82nd Airborne at Airborne at Fort Bragg earning the Expert Field Medical Badge being the only reservist and over 40 to complete this task at that time.
Bobbie also helped coach the little girl's, ages 6-7, softball team. Bobby was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church and she loved to sing in the choir.
For more information, refer to her obituary. Col. Bobbie Jaxon Finch, USA (ret.) - Dec. 3rd, 1941 - June 7th, 2018.