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Troops Reunited With Dogs

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We love videos of soldiers coming home to their dogs.

But how about dogs coming home to their soldiers?

More than a dozen service members were reunited with the stray dogs that they cared for while deployed in Afghanistan.

Check out the above video for some sweet reunions with some cute pups.

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New Study Reveals A Veteran Commits Suicide Every 80 Minutes

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Ugh! So sad!

A new study published on Monday has found that a veteran commits suicide every 80 minutes!

Since the start of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, military related suicide attempts have increased. In 2009 alone, 1,868 veterans of those wars attempted to take their own life!

It's not just the veterans either. Researchers found approximately one service member committed suicide every 36 hours between 2005 and 2019.

Study authors Dr. Margaret C. Harrell and Nancy Berglass concluded:

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House Of Reps Passed Bill To Help Dogs and Military Veterans

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The US House of Representatives has passed a bill called the Veterans Dog Training Therapy Act.

The bill is a double whammy of helping service members suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and disabled veterans.

Those who suffer from PTSD will be training shelter dogs, which is a great way to help cope with PTSD. Then those trained dogs will become service dogs for the disabled vets.

We're surprised they haven't been doing this all along.

The Senior Vice President of ASPCA Government Relations said:

"When more and more servicemen and women are returning from overseas with PTSD and other injuries, this bill will allow for our veterans to get the therapy and assistance they need and will give some worthy shelter dogs very good homes."

The bill passed unanimously. It's nice to know the government can really do some good in these tough economic times, and really show our veterans we appreciate everything they do for us.

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Rihanna Surprises Female Vets On Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

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Helping rebuild the Steps N Stages Jubilee House, a shelter that provides counseling for homeless female military veterans, Rihanna stepped in to surprise the vets on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition!

She auctioned off tickets to benefit the Jubilee house, but the most touching part was when she sat down to listen to the military vets and their stories.

Go ahead and see for URself. Presss play!

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Veteran Prescribes Pets To Cure PTSD

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Awww!!

Laughter A pet is the great medicine!

When Dave Sharp began suffering from post traumatic stress disorder after encountering two near-death experiences in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, he found peace from his six month old puppy.

Dave realized:

"There are 18 veterans that commit suicide every day in America. And there's an animal that is put to sleep every 8 seconds."

So Dave started this ultra fabulous program called "Pets To Vets" - which pairs war vets with a companion.

Just watch to see how grateful the vets, and the pets, are for this program!

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Dolly Parton Does It For The Troops

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As part of her effort to thank the troops who are fighting for America at home or abroad, Dolly Parton is lending her star power to the Boot Campaign.

The Boot Campaign was started by 5 texas women known as The Boot Girls, who are urging Americans to purchase a pair of army combat boots to wear in support of our troops.

The proceeds from the campaign’s signature boots go towards military charities supporting the needs of Veterans.

Dolly expressed her appreciation to America's troops in a statement, saying:

“So many people, regular folks and celebrities, send out love and sincere thanks to you for keeping us safe and fighting for our freedom. Let me add to that loving list. Thank you from the bottom of my country heart. I will always love you.”

Dolly and the Boot Girls are asking Americans to put their boots on during their day-to-day routine to symbolically walk in the shoes of our military men and women to remember their service and sacrifice.

We think this is an awesome idea for a charity and if you do too, click here to get yourself a pair of boots!

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Reunited!

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It's so crazy to see all of these old school action icons together!

Amazing!

Last night, the new action flick The Expendables premiered in Hollywood, and its HUGE cast of veteran stars were on hand to walk the red carpet - including the flick's director/star Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, and our very own guv'nah Arnold Schwarzenegger - who appears in the movie in a cameo role!

The flick involves a team of mercenaries attempting to overthrow a dictator in South America, and also features Dolph Lundgren, Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke, Jet Li, and Stone Cold Steve Austin! Oh, and Cordelia from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, too!

Sounds like it's going to be a whole lot of testosterone and explosions! But to see all of these guys together in one movie - probably worth it!

What do U think?? Do U want to see The Expendables?!

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