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A Des Moines nonprofit raises, trains and places service dogs typically with veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

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A civilian is now getting the chance to work with a service dog through Paws and Effect.

Tom Bowen was a firefighter in West Virginia who went directly to Manhattan, New York to volunteer for two months after the World Trade Center towers collapsed.

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Readers recently forwarded us an email that’s been making the rounds for several years. Because it appears to have returned to heavy rotation, we decided to do a few fact checks from among its dozens of claims, all of which are critical of President Barack Obama.

Here, we’ll check the claim that Obama is paying a pretty penny in taxpayer money -- specifically $102,000 a year -- to keep a dog trainer on retainer.

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