Acclaimed television journalist Anderson Cooper recently paid tribute to the dogged devotion of service canines as host of a fundraising ceremony at the AXA Equitable Center in New York City, where three veterans and their partner pups received a graduation certificate from the Puppies Behind Bars program Dog Tags: Service Dogs for Those Who’ve Served for Us.
A long-time supporter of the non-profit organization, Anderson Cooper has stepped into the role of host for several of Puppies Behind Bars’ events, and in 2012 helped to raise funds for the cause with an auction on his former daytime talk show, Anderson.
Established in 1997, Puppies Behind Bars gives a sense of purpose to those serving time as give back to society by training dogs (who learn 90 commands over the course of the program) to help veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or physical injuries rebuild their lives. There are presently 50 dogs in the Dog Tags program. The organization also trains dogs to assist law enforcement through the Explosive Detection Canine Program.
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Anderson Cooper shared the ceremony with TV viewers on a recent episode of Anderson Cooper 360:
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