Beans’ owner, Corporal Jeffrey Boskovitdh, was among fourteen Marines from an Ohio based battalion who were killed within a week in Iraq. His mother, Kathy Wright, wanted to honor her son’s wish to bring Beans home to Ohio.
Transporting military mascots to the United States from war zones can be an expensive bureaucratic maze. But because of the battalion’s tragedy, Beans’ journey was expedited by the military.
Rachel Salzer, a University of Akron student, had been involved in the effort to bring back the dog. As she had done in the past she turned for help to her seventy-five year old grandmother, Alma Smith, and Smith’s ninety-three year old mother, Johanna Martin, to help in her fundraising efforts.
Since 1987, the three have worked together on crafts projects and baked goods to raise money for various causes. That was the year three year old Rachel wanted to make Easter baskets for nursing home residents. Since then they have raised around $25,000 for various causes.
The women don’t make a big deal about what they have done. Crafting lets them satisfy their creative urge while helping others.
In this instance they are, Martin said with a laugh, “working for Beans.”
Beans the dog is now home in Ohio.