Young combat veterans, who have recently completed their military service and are now enrolled in the Veterans’ Learning Collaborative program at Pasadena City College, began their academic careers by enjoying a weekend retreat in Idyllwild. While here, they spent a lot of time at Animal Rescue Friends (ARF) doing yard work and helping ARF directors get set up for Sunday’s Annual ARF Appreciation Luncheon. The veterans got the opportunity to bond with each other and with ARF’s rescued dogs and cats. Here, some of the 26 vets enjoy the luncheon feast. Photo courtesy of John Stonitsch