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Military Search Dog to be Reunited with U.S. Marine Corps Veteran After Afghanistan Service

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WHAT:

U.S. Marine Corps veteran Lance Corporal Jeff DeYoung will be reunited with Contract Working Dog (CWD) Cena N641, a black Labrador with whom he served in Afghanistan.

The reunion is made possible by the American Humane Association and Mission K9 Rescue who are working together to bring military war dogs back to the U.S. from combat abroad and reconnect them with their former handlers. CWD Cena will be adopted by DeYoung, ensuring Cena's retirement in the U.S. and his reintegration into a loving, forever home after a lifetime of service to his country.

WHEN:

Thursday, June 5, at 10:00 a.m.
Southwest Flight 772 (flight from Baltimore arrives at 9:40 a.m.)

WHERE:

Detroit Metropolitan Airport
Southwest Baggage Claim

BACKGROUND:

Lance Cpl. Jeff DeYoung, a Grand Rapids native, served in the Marine Corps from 2009 to 2013 and was deployed to Afghanistan.

CWD Cena is a specialized Improvised Detection Dog (IDD) who helped detect explosives with DeYoung in Afghanistan. They met during IDD training in Virginia in July 2009 and were deployed to Afghanistan in October of that year. It is estimated that each military dog saves approximately 150 to 200 military service member lives.

American Humane Association and Mission K9 rescue worked together to reunite Lance Cpl. DeYoung and CWD Cena; the nonprofit organizations also work together to bring other military war dogs back to the U.S. and reconnect them with their former handlers.

About American Humane Association

American Humane Association is the country's first national humane organization and the only one dedicated to protecting both children and animals. Since 1877, American Humane Association has been at the forefront of virtually every major advance in protecting our most vulnerable from cruelty, abuse and neglect. Today we're also leading the way in understanding the human-animal bond and its role in therapy, medicine and society. American Humane Association reaches millions of people every day through groundbreaking research, education, training and services that span a wide network of organizations, agencies and businesses. You can help make a difference, too. Visit American Humane Association at www.AmericanHumane.org today.

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