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Bobby sitting down outside with Brodie in her lap

Col. Bobby J. Finch Memorial Endowment Fund

Our board of directors created an endowment fund in March 2022 to honor Col. Bobby J. Finch (USA Ret.) after we received a donation from her estate.

 

Bobby was a big part of our service dog training in the early days. She was one of the first veterans to complete our service dog training with her dog Brodie. During her training, Bobby was not only focused on Brodie but also on helping others.

Although wheelchair bound, her Army colonel demeanor encouraged others to keep going, motivating them with her colorful language. Bobbie hoped to see us continue to meet our goals to help veterans in need by providing them with service dogs in training.

Bobby's Story

Bobby, known as "Tweety Bird" by her Vets To Vets United peers, was born in Raleigh and, in her final days, lived in Durham. She graduated from Broughton High School and earned three degrees general education, computer programming, and paralegal at one time from Durham Tech Community College. She was a nurse anesthetist at Watts Hospital, now Duke Regional Hospital.

As 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 also 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, and a charter member of the Women’s War Memorial in Washington, DC.

 

Her most memorable accomplishment was with the 82nd Airborne at Fort Bragg (now Fort Liberty), earning the Expert Field Medical Badge, the only reservist and person over 40 to complete the task at that time.

 

Bobby also helped coach the little girls (ages 6-7) softball team and was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, where she loved to sing in the choir.

We were blessed to receive a donation in her will after her passing. Her endowment will honor her in memoriam as she wanted us to continue our mission and reach our goals.

 

You can read more about Bobby in her obituary.

Bobby in her military dress uniform

Col. Bobby Jaxon Finch
December 3, 1941—June 7, 2018

Bobby holding her service dog Brodie in her lap

Bobby and Brodie

Brodie wearing a graduation mortar board cap

Brodie

Contact

You can help honor Bobby and remember her service to our nation and others by donating to her endowment fund. Any amount will grow over time and support Vets To Vets' goals and long-term mission. 

For more information on the endowment fund,  contact Bruce Campbell

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