Veterans Receive Service Dogs Trained by Camden Co. Corrections Inmates

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CAMDEN, N.J. -

A few local veterans have received some new furry companions.

On Tuesday, April 10th, three veterans who have been diagnosed with PTSD received their rescued service dogs to help them cope and improve their overall quality of life.

The service dogs were trained by Camden County Corrections inmates with the help of the Above and Beyond Dog Training organization.

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Officials say the groundbreaking program at the correction facility not only gives rescue dogs a second chance and veterans a companion, but also gives inmates a new lease on life.

"Everybody thinks if someone's in jail or they've been in jail they're a bad person and these guys are some of the best guys I've ever worked with," said Dennystor Nieves, officer for the Camden County Department of Corrections. "And when they get out there, they're going to be the best employees for an employer out there.

"The guys the come from this program or any program in here, they're hardworking and they want to get back out there and contribute to the community."

The program gives inmates the opportunity to learn job skills that will better assist them when they leave the prison while giving veterans the relief and support they need to overcome struggles related to their service.

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