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How Did a Black Lab Help Save a Combat Veteran's Life?

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How Did a Black Lab Help Save a Combat Veteran's Life?

Originally posted 04/15/2015 12:10PM

For more than a year, retired Marine Jim Kuiken spent his days sitting alone in a chair in his living room, barely able to function.

"I would get up out of the chair maybe twice a day to go get food," the highly decorated former Marine Sergeant Major tells PEOPLE. "I would be in my PJs for days at a time. I didn't interact with other people. I didn't even interact with my family. I was in a real bad place."

Like thousands of veterans, Kuiken has suffered silently for decades from PTSD, which slowly eroded away his life, preventing him from going out, keeping in touch with family and friends – or even talking to his wife, Celia, and their children.

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UpdatePosted 04/14/2015 03:10PM

Man Reunited with Dog After Losing Wife in Illinois Tornado

Originally posted 04/14/2015 12:55PM

Clem Schultz, 84, is one of many Illinois residents facing unimaginable losses in the wake of the tornadoes that struck the region last week: His wife Geraldine, 67, was killed when their home was totaled in the storm.

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UpdatePosted 04/13/2015 12:50PM

Restaurateur Leaves Heartwarming Note for Dumpster Diver (VIDEO)

Originally posted 04/13/2015 11:55AM

Ashley Jiron owns P.B. Jams in Warr Acres, Oklahoma. As she told KFOR, "Last week, I had noticed some bags, when I had taken out the trash, were torn open and some of the food was taken out."

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Teenager Davion Finally Finds a Permanent Home After His Adoption Plea Went Viral Last Year

Teenager Davion Finally Finds a Permanent Home After His Adoption Plea Went Viral Last Year

Originally posted 04/11/2015 05:20PM

In October of 2013, 16-year-old Davion Only made headline news when he videotaped himself begging for a loving home during a church service in St. Petersburg, Florida. After being born to a mother in jail, he lived with numerous strangers throughout his life in the foster care system.

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Mom of Boy Facing 53rd Surgery: Fundraising Campaign Is Jeopardizing His Medical Benefits

Originally posted 04/10/2015 05:55PM

The mother of a 14-year-old boy who made a touching video to help his mom pay for his 53rd surgery is beyond grateful for the outpouring of support for her son Austin, she tells PEOPLE exclusively.

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Boy Not Expected to Live a Year Makes Video to Help Mom Pay for His 53rd Surgery

Originally posted 04/09/2015 01:00PM

Doctors thought Austin Niehus, who was born with Goldenhar syndrome, a rare genetic disease that causes facial deformities, wouldn't live to see his first birthday.

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Eat, Pray, Love Author Elizabeth Gilbert Confronts Her Karaoke Fears – for a Good Cause

Eat, Pray, Love Author Elizabeth Gilbert Confronts Her Karaoke Fears – for a Good Cause

Originally posted 04/09/2015 09:15AM

Terrified of singing in front of a crowd of strangers? So is Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert.

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Brooke Thomas Gives Away 1,000 Lunches a Week to Needy Kids

Originally posted 04/09/2015 09:15AM

Brooke Thomas remembers being just seven while going through the lunch line at Centennial Elementary School in Dade City, Florida, and catching her friends staring at her full tray.

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Obama Calls for End to Gay 'Conversion' Therapy Following Leelah Alcorn Suicide

Obama Calls for End to Gay 'Conversion' Therapy Following Leelah Alcorn Suicide

Originally posted 04/09/2015 08:40AM

President Obama made one of his administration's strongest advances in support of LGBT rights on Wednesday, calling for an end to gay "conversion" therapies.

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NBA's Russell Westbrook Gives MVP Car to Single Mother (VIDEO)

Originally posted 04/08/2015 01:00PM

Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook was named MVP of February's NBA All-Star Game, and the honor happened to come with a brand-new Kia Sorento.

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