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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A million-dollar donation is going to be used to change lives right here in Kansas City.

It's not getting any easier to pay for college, as the average student walks away with a diploma and about $40,000 in debt.

On Monday, a $1 million donation was made to help those who have helped our nation.

Sport Clips gave the check to the VFW to be used for the Help A Hero scholarship program.

The program has helped more than 700 veterans further their education, including Jeffrey Morton.

Morton served in the Air Force and continues to serve as a reservist. He's a husband and father of four, and he said the scholarship program has helped him go to law school.

"This has really helped us out. We've been able to not only get through law school, get out without having my wife go out and work and that's been a big blessing to us," Morton said. "I was a police officer for ten years. It's a job I can't go back to because of posttraumatic stress disorder, which is why I have Penny [his service dog], so I thank you from the bottom of my heart. We thank you."

Morton hopes to pass the bar exam soon, and become a judge advocate officer for the Air Force.