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July 16, 2014

DELUCA: Chiropractic doc wants to help area vets

Niagara Gazette — The idea came to her when she was running a half-marathon in June. 

Kristin Jacobsen is that type of person. The Pine Avenue chiropractor says she gets her best ideas when she runs. She also uses that time to pray.

It was a hot, muggy day and she was running in a race called "The 50-yard Finish" which ended on the 50-yard line at Bills Stadium. 

It was near the three-mile mark, right around the first drink station, when she heard a voice remind the runners to grab a cup. "Don't forget to hydrate," the voice said, adding "and thank your veterans who are serving you."

That's when the idea dropped into her head.

"I thought to myself, I should be serving them," she told me the other day during a conversation in her tidy office, located just across the street from the Pine Avenue Veteran's Administration clinic.

That day, as she continued to run, she said she'd been mulling over all the bad news in the media, especially about the care some veterans were getting in VA clinics across the country. 

"Then I heard God say, 'what are you doing to help?'" 

We all know that when God talks, it pays to listen. So, she did.

"If I'm not doing anything myself to change what's going on then I'm just as much to blame," she said about her revelation.

By the next mile, she had decided that she would offer chiropractic care and health coaching, free of charge, to any man or woman who was injured in battle. For Kristin, it's a logical way to say "thank you."

"I just want to serve my country by serving those who fought for the freedom that my daughter and I share," she said, looking over at the reception desk of her tidy office, where her daughter, Meghan, 11, sat with a family friend.

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