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Drew Brees, wife help pair service dog with Air Force veteran

Drew Brees and his wife, Brittany, decided to get involved with the K9s for Warriors program after they learned about it last year while attending New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton's Black and Gold Gala.

So they sponsored a service dog, a German shepherd mix named "Brees." K9s for Warriors announced Monday that the service dog is going home with U.S. Air Force veteran April Sandlin.

Tech. Sgt. Sandlin, who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, spent 120 hours of intense training with the service dog before graduating from the 21-day program.

"I can feel a difference in my life," Sandlin said in a statement. "I am very thankful for K9s For Warriors and that Drew Brees was so kind to sponsor my dog. Many things in combat cannot be unseen or unheard. I can't forget those things, but my dog helps me focus on something different -- our bond."

K9s for Warriors serves military personnel who suffer from post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury or military sexual trauma.