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Veterans rehabilitation program receives grant

ROCKTON — Sometimes it takes an extra step for a veteran to readjust to society.

Retired Navy Capt. Lou Matjasko had seen many veterans in his work at Veterans Affairs shy away from public interaction and isolate. Seeking a way to help, he contacted Pat Muller, a dog trainer who had been using mistreated dogs to help foster kids develop social skills. Matjasko wanted to create a similar program for veterans.

In 2008, Matjasko and Muller, along with a group of veterans, created Circle of Change, a Rockton-based program where veterans suffering from mental trauma rehabilitate abused, neglected and unwanted dogs and in the process sort out many of their own issues.

On Tuesday, Circle of Change was awarded a $5,000 grant from the Military Order of the Purple Heart to continue its work and grow the program.

“Our goal is to help veterans, and we know that Circle of Change is directly helping veterans,” said Jock Difford, commander of the northern Illinois chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart.

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