Military Dogs Take the Hill

Military war dogs and their former handlers visit Capitol Hill to make an urgent case for bringing home all canine veterans who are serving the country, only to be left behind.

By | Posted: July 23 2014, 4 p.m. PST

UPDATE: See photos and get more information about the visit to Capitol Hill>>

Military dogs have helped soldiers for thousands of years. From aiding Roman warriors, guarding troops during the Civil War, serving as messengers in World War I, locating enemy positions in World War II and Vietnam and most recently, assisting in the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, it is estimated that each war dog saves the lives of 150-200 service members.

 

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But in all this time that they have been protecting us, who has been protecting them? Many of these canine heroes do not make it home, but it’s not because they have been wounded or killed in the line of duty, it’s simply because they have been left behind.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, July 23, military war dogs and their former handlers will be visiting Capitol Hill to make an urgent case for bringing home all of the four-footed veterans who are saving lives on the battlefield and on the home front. American Humane Association will be joined by three war dog teams they recently reunited and members of Congress to urge that America’s most courageous canines be reunited with their heroic handlers.

The congressional briefing will take place at 2:30 p.m. in Cannon Building – Room 210, on Capitol Hill.

The value of a military dog does not end with their work on the battlefield. Dogs of war continue to improve and save lives as they assist returning veterans to overcome post-traumatic stress. Most importantly, these amazing dogs and brave soldiers deserve to be returned to a caring, loving, forever home, after a lifetime of service to their country.

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