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Big donation helps give veterans service dogs

CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) -

The Gateway Warrior Foundation of St. Louis recently donated $75,000 to This Able Veteran that will mean a new lease on life for several American heroes.  

This Able Veteran, a Carbondale-based non-profit organization, improves the lives of veterans by providing them with specially trained service dogs.  

The extensively trained dogs are instrumental in assisting the veterans as they overcome a wide variety of physical and/or psychological injuries.  

The cost of purchasing and training each dog is about $25,000 but there is no cost to the veterans.  

This Able Veteran covers all the expense for acquiring, training, and caring for the service dogs as well as the training, travel, and lodging for the veterans when they're in Carbondale to work with their new canine partners.  

The Gateway Warrior Foundation gift will cover the cost of providing three veterans with new service dogs to help them heal.  

This Able Veteran has paired 21 service animals with veterans through its trauma resiliency program.  

Eight dogs are currently in training to prepare for their work with veterans.  

The new trainees and veterans will be partnered in April.  

The Gateway Warrior Foundation was established several years ago by a group of St. Louis executives to provide support for wounded men and women service personnel.  

The group donated $50,000 to This Able Veteran in 2014.  

In addition to helping the Carbondale group, the Gateway Warrior Foundation also donated $30,000 to the STL Honor Flight; $25,000 to FOCUS Marines of Augusta, Missouri; $15,000 to The Fisher House at Jefferson Barracks; and $1,000 for poinsettias on the headstone of the Unknown Soldiers at Jefferson Barracks.  

For more information about This Able Veteran or the Gateway Warrior Foundation donation, call 618-964-1162 or email servicedog@thisableveteran.org or visit www.thisableveteran.org for more on the program.

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