Military Working Dogs to be honored on Veterans Day
Nov 8, 2011
Veterans Day is a time to recognize and appreciate the incredible work that is done and sacrifices that are made by America's Armed Forces so that the entire nation can live freely. Military Working Dogs (MWDs) also risk their lives to keep America safe every day, so their contributions will be honored this Veterans Day, too, the Associated Press reports.
Dogs that worked in Iraq and in the Pentagon and World Trade Center on September 11 will be visiting the House Veterans Affairs Committee offices on Monday after winning the first-ever American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards, according to the news source.
According to PetMD.com, the U.S. military did not make extensive use of dogs until 1942. They set standards for training the dogs and MWD handlers and began calling for the donation of American pets that would serve in World War II. The War Dog program was officially established in 1943 and more than 11,000 dogs were "enlisted."
Now, MWDs are bred and trained at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, and retired dogs can be adoped by law enforcement agencies, former dog handlers, or other qualified individuals.