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Veteran's family gives back after service dog makes a big difference

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A Minnesota family is thankful for the big difference that a dog has made for their family, not just any family and any dog, but to a special service dog that has really helped a U.S. Army veteran and retired South St. Paul police officer handle PTSD.

Ed Abrahamson, of Inver Grove Heights, received a service dog from a group called Rebuilding Warriors. The organization's mission is to provide a service dog to veterans dealing with the physical and emotional scars from war.

Last spring Rebuilding Warriors provided Abrahamson's with Rex – an 18-month-old Belgian Malinois that is specially trained to help veterans, who suffer from PTSD.

Rex has made a big difference for Ed.

"I want to thank each and every one of you," Ed's wife, Dana told KSTP. "You have made our fundraiser a huge success. Whether or not you were able to come or donate did not matter. The well wishes and knowing we were in your thoughts and prayers mean the world to us."

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Things have gotten so much better that now it's the Abrahamson's hoping to give something back.

The family decorated their yard and invited people to take pictures with Santa and make a donation. They wound up raising more than $6,000 and 200 pounds of food for the local food shelf, and now they're looking to take that generosity to the next level.

"I have decided to partner with Rebuilding Warriors," Dana told KSTP. "We will be the only organization in Minnesota to give dogs to veterans suffering from wounds both visible and non visible free of charge."

And they hope to deliver a service dog to a Minnesota veteran in May.

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