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Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Media Advisory
March 3, 2015
For More Information
Contact: Communications
(850) 488-0420

Paws for Veterans’ First Graduation Ceremony to Be Held at Central Florida Reception Center

WHAT: Media are invited to the first graduation ceremony of the Paws for Veterans program. The Florida Department of Corrections partners with Paws for Veterans to provide a program that allows inmates to train dogs that assist veterans diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder. Graduating dogs are crate trained, housebroken, spayed/neutered, up-to-date on shots and ready for the next step in training to assist their future veteran recipient.
WHEN: Friday, March 6 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: Central Florida Reception Center- South Unit
7000 H.C. Kelley Road
Orlando, Fl 32833
WHY: Through programs like Paws for Veterans, the Department of Corrections is focusing on teaching inmates valuable job skills that will help to ensure successful re-entry.

If you wish to attend the Paws for Veterans program graduation ceremony, please contact the Department of Corrections Communications Office at (850) 488-0420 as soon as possible, as attendees will need to complete and submit a Media Access Form.

Please note: No video or photos may be taken without the prior consent and approval from Department staff at the event. No cell phones or cameras will be permitted inside the institution.

Directions to Central Florida Reception Center: From Orlando International Airport, merge onto FL-528 E via ramp to Cocoa/Kennedy Space Center/Florida 417 Toll/Sanford UCF/Port Canaveral, Take exit 20 for International Corp Park Blvd, turn left onto International Corporate Park Blvd, Turn right onto H C Kelley Rd, the first institution on the right will be the south unit.

OUR COMMUNITY PARTNER: For more information about Paws for Veterans, please visit or contact Crystal Ayala at (321) 684-8216 or


As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs more than 22,000 members statewide, incarcerates more than 100,000 inmates and supervises nearly 146,000 offenders in the community.

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