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Military Group Helps Build Pasture for Legacy Mustang Preservation

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Some real American heroes are putting their muscle power to work by volunteering to build a pasture fence for a nonprofit that's saving horses in central Virginia.

Members of the Charlottesville-based Joint Enlisted Council spent the day at the Legacy Mustang Preservation in Louisa County to make progress on the project.

The JEC is a group made up of enlisted active duty military members from the Air Force, Army, and Navy assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency at Rivanna Station.

Aside from their service to our country, they say it's equally as important to give back to the surrounding community.

JEC president Justin Maberry and his crew got right to work to help expand the horse sanctuary.

“We like to have a good time and we have a lot of able-bodied people,” he said. “We're both nonprofit organizations and I think we need to work together to get this type of job done.”

The Louisa preservation's co-founder Jamie Dodson says they plan to install the three-mile pasture fence according to the lay of the land.

“Since we just moved in July, the horses are in roughly 50, 60 acres,” she said. “This would provide and open up 225 acres for them and beautiful streams, natural rocky terrain, pastures and just give them the type of habitat that they deserve to have.”

Both groups in Saturday's partnership are working to make a difference in the community.

“I don't think we have seen anybody walk away that hasn't been changed by the experience, and opening up the sanctuary is going to mean more people that we can affect,” Dodson said.

“Many hands make light work and that's kind of our philosophy at the JEC,” Maberry said. “When someone needs help we're happy to give it, so that's what we're there for.”

The Legacy Mustang Preservation purchased about half of the fencing materials through donations.

The preservation is looking for more volunteer groups to help complete the project this spring.

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