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.
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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