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PORTLAND(NEWS CENTER) -- This Thanksgiving a veteran from the Gulf War says he's especially thankful for his service dog.

Russ May was wounded in the line of duty and as a result, lives in constant and severe pain. And yet, setting a great example for us all, May is counting his blessings and giving thanks for Joe, his service dog.

May wants to spread the word about service dogs like Joe. A special program allowed May to find Joe and he says Joe gives him the gift of independence.

Joe can perform everyday tasks that might otherwise prove to be difficult for May and the most important is that he gives May an emotional support, like only dogs can give.