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Local veteran running for a cause

Raising money for other soldiers who need a special friend
Local veteran running for a cause
Local veteran running for a cause(Colton Emswiler)
Published: Mar. 6, 2021 at 7:11 PM CST|Updated: Mar. 6, 2021 at 7:17 PM CST
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - An area veteran is seeing early success as he tries to raise money for Vets Helping Heroes, a nonprofit that gifts service dogs to both retied and active duty soldiers.

Shelby Orr of North Platte, along with his wife Jen, served in the Air Force as MPs. Orr heard of the organization just recently, and began running to raise awareness on Friday morning. In only a day’s time, Orr has raised over $1,400 for Vets Helping Heroes, which was founded in 2008 by a World War II veteran and has raised over $8 million dollars total to date.

Orr runs four miles around North Platte every four hours, hoisting an American flag the entire time. He says felt the need to help out, especially given the costs to prepare a service dog.

“We decided to help Vets Helping Heroes,” said Orr. “It’s a nonprofit that helps service members and vets get service working dogs. Completely free of charge to the vet. It usually costs $40,000-$60,000 to train a service dog. So every dime helps.”

Anyone who wants to help donate can do so on the Vets Helping Heroes GoFundMe page.

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