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February 11, 2009

Couriers of Compassion

We had a very special event on Capitol Hill last night. The HSUS honored U.S. Reps. Paul Hodes (D-N.H.) and Walter Jones (R-N.C.) for their efforts in uniting military families with the dogs who had befriended their fallen loved ones during deployments in Iraq.

After Marine Cpl. Dustin Lee and Army Spc. Justin Rollins were killed in service in Iraq, Reps. Hodes and Jones helped these soldiers’ families to arrange the adoption and delivery home of two special dogs the soldiers had come to love overseas—a bomb-sniffing dog named Lex for Lee’s family (who was wounded in the same incident that killed Cpl. Lee and who joined us last night at the ceremony) and a stray puppy named Hero for Rollins’ family.

The two congressmen said bringing the dogs back for the families was the right thing to do. But it was a real honor last night to recognize their efforts, and to then hear them speak about the comfort our animal companions provide in times of trouble and emotional trauma.

Dogs bring so much to our lives. And they even give comfort to the families whose loved ones made the ultimate sacrifice to our nation.

We’ve just posted a short video report from the ceremony and I encourage you to watch it.

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