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American Idol judge Paula Abdul will be in Palm Springs on Sunday, April 5, to congratulate seven U.S. veterans as they receive their guide dogs.

The veterans – who include a veteran who has participated in three wars – recently completed training to live with their canine companions and will participate in the graduation ceremony. The veterans will receive the dogs from Guide Dogs of the Desert, an organization based in Palm Springs that improves the lives of the blind by creating opportunities for life-changing independence, and by conducting community outreach and education programs. The organization provides safe mobility, loving companionship and the “miracle of independence” to the blind through the use of a guide dog

“As an animal lover, it’s my honor to help raise awareness for [the] invaluable organizations who give so much help to the blind,” said Abdul. “I hope everyone will contribute to this program.”

Paula Abdul is known for her support of guide dog issues, and recently signed up to help Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance, Petco, and independent pet stores raise awareness and money for guide dog organizations across the country. She will be participating in a number of events throughout May – National Guide Dog Month – to raise awareness of guide dogs and their role in the community.

Sunday’s event takes place at the Guide Dog Campus on Dillon Road in Whitewater (just outside Palm Springs) at 2pm. More information about Guide Dogs of the Desert and the event can be found here.

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