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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Julie L. Jones

Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Press Release
October 6, 2015
For More Information
Contact: Communications
(850) 488-0420

Paws for Veterans Graduation Ceremony to be held at Central Florida Reception Center

WHAT: Media are invited to the graduation ceremony of Paws for Veterans. The Florida Department of Corrections partners with Paws for Veterans for a program that allows inmates to train dogs to assist veterans diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). 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, October 16, 9 a.m. EST
WHERE: Central Florida Reception Center- South Unit
7000 H.C. Kelley Road
Orlando, Florida 32833
WHY: Through programs like Paws for Veterans, the Department of Corrections is focusing on teaching inmates viable job skills that will lead them to productive jobs and law-abiding lives upon release.
OUR COMMUNITY PARTNER: Paws for Veterans is a non-profit 501-(c)(3)organization that partners trained service dogs with a disabled veterans.  Their Mission and Vision is "Rescue Dogs to Rescue Heroes".  For more information about the Paws for Veterans organization, please go to their website:  

If you wish to attend the Paws for Veterans graduation ceremony, please contact the Department of Corrections' Office of Communications 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.


As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs more than 23,000 members statewide, incarcerates more than 100,000 inmates and supervises nearly 140,000 offenders in the community.

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