Honoring Veterans Day 2009: U.S. Veterans team up with Puppies Behind Bars


Puppies Behind Bars trains inmates to raise puppies from the age of eight weeks until approximately two years of age.   This is a very unique service dog project that makes a profound impact on both the inmate’s life, as well as helping disabled veterans get their own lives back. 

 View this Youtube clip of wounded Iraq veteran, Sgt. Hill, who tells how his service dog is helping him to regain the losses suffered as a result of his service to our country.    Under the Service Dogs for Veterans Act, Veterans Affairs will provide about 200 service dogs to former service members. Half would go to people with mental disabilities and half to those dealing with physical ailments.

“I can’t think of better folks to help than those who served our nation so honorably in the military,” said Franken, who made several USO trips abroad as an entertainer. “It’s a win-win-win all the way.”

Franken proposed the legislation after visiting places like Hearing and Service Dogs of Minnesota, which has trained and provided nearly 300 dogs for needy owners since its founding in 1987.     More information at this         LINK

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