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Winona veteran and teacher receives a big donation


WINONA, Minn. (KTTC) -- A Winona veteran and teacher receives a big check, a reimbursement of sorts for money he paid out simply to serve in the military.

Matt Reuter was in Afghanistan with the Air Force Reserve in 2011.

Under Minnesota law at the time, he was required to cover the cost of substitutes while he was gone, a bill totaling more than $11,000.

After hearing Reuter's story, thousands of teachers from across the nation gave personal donations. He was presented with a check for nearly $14,000.

Thanks to Reuter's work with legislators, teachers now receive the same pay while deployed and are no longer responsible for substitute costs.

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