Every Military Dog Deserves to Come Home to American Soil

Every Military Dog Deserves to Come Home to American Soil

October 17, 2015

Every Military Dog Deserves to Come Home to American Soil

In military news, war dog advocates are urging President Obama to sign the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act into law. If it does become law, America's war dogs will no longer be retired at bases overseas, or left for adoption or euthanasia on foreign soil.

Instead, these four-legged military heroes will finally get a free plane ride home after serving their country.

What many Americans do not understand is that if a military working dog is retired in a non-combat zone overseas, that dog becomes a civilian and cannot travel on military transport. And on top of that, their handlers who care about them most and often need their battle buddies to help them make the transition back to civilian life were not guaranteed first right of adoption.

This can lead to many of the heart-warming stories of combat dogs reunited with their handlers. But unfortunately, not all war dogs and their handlers are able to reunite. It's time to change that.

The 2016 National Defense Authorization Act, which has passed both the House and the Senate, will not only make these reunions more likely, but will treat these four-legged heroes with the dignity they deserve.

And unfortunately, war dog advocates worry President Obama will not sign the act into law. Instead, most news outlets are reporting that Obama will veto the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act.

 

Importance of War Dogs to Our Military

How important are our military dogs? In an op-ed on FoxNews.com, Robin R. Ganzert, Ph.D - president and CEO of the American Humane Association - shared the following.
It is estimated that each military working dog saves the lives of between 150-200 service members. That means more sons and daughters are returning home from service in dangerous combat zones because a highly trained dog found weapon caches, enemy positions and serious threats.
The enemy knows the value of these dogs – the Taliban is known to shoot the dog first and the handler next, as that takes out a line of defense.
Airfields can’t evn be cleared when there is no canine team on the ground.

As important as these military combat dogs are when it comes to protecting the men and women who serve and sacrifice to protect our country, it is time to start treating these war dogs the same way we would treat our military heroes with two - instead of four - legs.

 

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18 Responses

Suzanne Carter
Suzanne Carter

February 22, 2016

Please bring all our warriors home whether four-legged or human. They all are fighting to protect freedom. Thank You!

GaIL Dalaska
GaIL Dalaska

February 22, 2016

The dog is a Veteran, who has served our country! No one should be left behind, whether 2 or 4 legged!

Shawn
Shawn

February 22, 2016

where is the petition to sign?

Cher Mitchell
Cher Mitchell

February 22, 2016

These heroes must come home with their military handlers!

Kay Vardaro
Kay Vardaro

February 22, 2016

Bring all of our military dogs back home where they belong!

Carolyn Harden
Carolyn Harden

February 22, 2016

The Military people need to come home with the animal. You do leave the person in a foreign country. Why would you leave the animal.
4 legged child, right. Military needs all the love they can get?

krystal longley
krystal longley

February 22, 2016

These animals not only provide protection but comfort to our soldiers.
They deserve to be brought home.

Tanya Sieh
Tanya Sieh

February 22, 2016

We need to help out servicemen in any way we can. Transporting an animal is such a small thing. We waste more money on perks for politicians and their cronies in Washington than we would ever spend on transporting former military animals.

art croswell
art croswell

February 22, 2016

These heros deserve to come home the same as their human counter parts. Where is the petition, I will sign it because they deserve the same loyalty as their
human partners, they put their lives on the line to protect others.

Carol Wright Phillips
Carol Wright Phillips

February 22, 2016

These heroes deserve to come home. Preferably with their handles.

Eileen
Eileen

February 22, 2016

No one left behind, dogs incl.!!

Donna Mathews
Donna Mathews

February 22, 2016

Send Airforce one to pick them up and leave obama over there.

Jeanette Saly
Jeanette Saly

February 22, 2016

Bring the service dogs home

Bob
Bob

February 22, 2016

I am a disabled Vietnam vet I hated the fact that we left our dogs in nam. I am sick to my stomach reading this. With all the good that these dogs do and can still do it is disgusts me that our leaders allow this to happen Bring these doge home there are allot of vets that would love to have one Me Included!

JUdith
JUdith

February 22, 2016

Where is the petition to sign for our four legged heros?

ED
ED

February 22, 2016

GOOD IDEA DONNA ,SEND AIR FORCE ONE BRING BACK THE DOGS HOME AND LEAVE OBAMA THERE

Estelle
Estelle

February 22, 2016

All military dog have the right to be treated as a soldier they have the right to come home an if his handler wants him that his right you do not leave a solider behind isn’t that a military honour code .Mr.Obama be a man about this I hope you can feel what is in the heart of that soldier an his service dog.who went true hell.

Sherri
Sherri

February 22, 2016

All these dogs need to be brought home with their handlers! They deserve nothing less!!

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