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MCI-H Inmates Raise More Than $2,100 for America's Vet Dogs Program
The money will go to help start up the groundbreaking program allowing incarcerated veterans to train service
dogs for wounded U.S. service people.

(August 20, 2012 ) --- Nearly 400 inmates turned out Saturday to walk for a tremendous restorative justice cause. The walk-a-thon at Maryland photo1Correctional Institution-Hagerstown (MCI-H) benefitted the America’s Vet Dogs program. MCI-H is one of three Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) prisons involved in this landmark program, which will feature incarcerated veterans and other inmates helping American veterans who are coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan with life-altering physical and psychological injuries.

MCI-H, Western Correctional Institution in Cumberland, and Eastern Correctional Institution in Westover will have their puppies later this fall. Inmates will train them for just over a year bephoto2fore the dogs become the eyes, ears, legs, and arms for America’s wounded heroes.

On Saturday, local veterans came into the prison to help mark the “lap cards” for the more than 350 inmates who came out to walk in the MCI-H recreation yard. The incarcerated veterans’ group then presented a check to Kathy Levick from America’s Vet Dogs, who, with her husband, brought two beautiful service dogs into the prison.

DPSCS is committed to restorative justice programs, and applauds the effort of the staff and inmates at all three Vet Dogs prisons, who have worked so hard and who now stand ready to welcome the latest residents of their prisons: the four-legged ones who, thanks to DPSCS staff and inmates, will soon be making a big difference in the lives of America’s wounded veterans.