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I’m turning 50 this year and instead of whining about it, I’m trying to do something positive by donating $50 to 50 different charities before I’m 50 years old.

May is National Military Appreciation Month and despite what some people say about crazed, left-wing, progressive/liberals like myself, we do support the military in any way we can (including not wanting them to go to war). For this 50x50x50 I am putting my proverbial money where my proverbial mouth is (proverbially speaking) by making a donation to an organization that serves members of the armed forces: Puppies Behind Bars.

This group sends 8 week old puppies to prison. Seriously. But they do it so they can be trained to be service dogs for wounded veterans and explosive detection canines for law enforcement. The dogs spend two years in the prison. The dogs learn special commands to help mitigate the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. Since 2008, the organization has paired 66 service dogs with wounded veterans in 26 states, and trained more than 350 explosive-detection dogs to work with law enforcement agencies around the country.

Good dog!

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