NutriSource, one of America’s most beloved and trusted pet brands, and its parent company KLN Family Brands, announce they have contributed $10,000 to Soldier’s 6, a non-profit organization that provides honorably discharged veterans, police officers, firefighters, paramedics, correctional officers and 911 dispatchers in Minnesota with specially trained K-9's at no cost to them. These special dogs will become their “Battle Buddy” and help guide those suffering from PTSD, emotional challenges and physical pain through life’s most difficult days.
“The generous donation from NutriSource and KLN Family Brands will change lives for those who answered our nation’s call of duty and who put themselves in harm’s way for the sake of others,” said Soldier’s 6 founder and CEO Ed Abrahamson. “I know from personal experience how much a dedicated canine companion can mean. Without the support of great companies like NutriSource and KLN Family Brands, we would not be able to provide warriors with a best friend they need when times are especially tough.”
In May 2015, Abrahamson was awarded a specially trained PTSD service dog by Rebuilding Warriors, a California-based organization. Abrahamson, a police officer for 15 years following his military duty, was retiring from the police force due to PTSD, severe depression, suicidal ideation, fibromyalgia and chronic pain due to chemicals and nerve agents he was exposed to while deployed in the army. His service dog, Rex, dramatically changed Abrahamson’s life and the lives of his family members.
Realizing the profound impact Rex had on him, Abrahamson and his wife, Dana, launched Soldier’s 6 as their way of giving back the miracle gift that was given to them. Military and police officers are #1 and #2 respectively on the list of professions with the highest suicide rate. The organization gives Abrahamson a chance to continue helping others even though he no longer wears a military or police uniform.
“Contributing to the mission of Soldier’s 6 is a privilege and honor,” said KLN Family Brands CEO Charlie Nelson. “Our military members and first responders sacrifice so much for us. Too often, they leave the battlefield with deep scars we can’t see. The love and companionship of a dog can literally save their lives.”