Did you know that March 13, 1942 is the official birthday of the United States K9 Corps? That’s why March 13th is designated National K-9 Veteran’s Day.
K-9 Dogs fight just as hard and train just as hard as their human counterparts do. And they’re a much more important part of our national defense structure than most people realize.
Police K9s, Customs K9s, Border Patrol K9s, Secret Service K9s, Airport Police K9s, F.B.I. K9s, and others are working daily to protect the homeland, and they should be honored accordingly. Some of those very dogs died at Ground Zero. They have all served to save, and they all deserve to be remembered.
Privately handled dogs are also a part of the war effort in ways that have never been done before. Search and Rescue dog teams worked tirelessly at Ground Zero, and at the Pentagon. Private bomb dog and security dog teams are in Iraq and Afghanistan, and other sites as needed; and they are very much needed, and sincerely appreciated by our troops. And private Therapy dogs are in the hospitals both here and abroad, helping to heal our hero’s. Service dogs are now assisting those who are handicapped by the war to have a more meaningful life. And may we never forget as well the service of those privately handled dogs who search for the remains that are so important to their families. And of course many of our troops will readily tell you of how an unofficial war dog, a mascot, helped in keeping one’s spirits high as the horrors of war worked to depress them.
There are lots of ways that you can help honor and remember our veteran dogs. But the most important way is probably simply to help others remember, and to honor these noble animals. K9VeteransDay.org has a few additional suggestions, too. You can even register your own pet as an “unofficial” member of the corps to support these efforts.
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