Minnesota Veteran Is Paying It Forward By Building Companion Dog Progr

Minnesota Veteran Is Paying It Forward By Building Companion Dog Program!

April 17, 2016

Minnesota Veteran Is Paying It Forward By Building Companion Dog Program!

A Minnesota veteran is paying it forward, according to ABC5 Eyewitness News.

After receiving a service dog to help with his post traumatic stress syndrome, Ed Abrahamson was inspired to start his own organization to help other veterans.

Less than one year ago, Abrahamson received a dog named Rex from a national organization called Rebuilding Warriors.

Today, Abrahamson says the dog saved his life.

“Twenty-two veterans a day commit suicide,” Abrahamson said. “Twenty-two a day, 365 days a year. That's crazy, those numbers are crazy and I'm not one of those numbers and I owe it to Rex.”

After seeing what Rex could do for him, Abrahamson and his wife started Soldier 6.

It costs about $8,000 to train a service dog, and for the last several months, the Abrahamsons have raised the money.

On Saturday, they introduce veteran Charlie Timp to his service dog.

“She’s the missing piece of the puzzle that I need to keep on going,” Timp said.

Rebuilding Warriors has donated 30 K9 companions to veterans throughout the country. Soldier 6 plans to continue this service in Minnesota.

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Alice Ritter
Alice Ritter

April 17, 2016

How can people help? What kind of dogs do you use?

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