All sides of the political aisle pulled together for this very righteous act which is part of the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The House of Representatives, the Senate, and President Barack Obama have all signed a bill which mandates every military dog to be returned to the United States after they are retired.
As far as who gets first priority for adoption? That would go to the human handlers and their families. Very righteous as the connections that are made between the dogs and the handlers are so strong and powerful that they really deserve to be together forever.
This cements in that connection and ensures them the right to be comfortable with the humans who they spent so long bonding with.
The American Humane Association states that each military dog ends up saving between 150-200 soldiers’ lives by their ability for detecting IEDs, as well as uncovering hidden weapons.
Here’s what Dr. Robin Ganzert the president and CEO of the American Humane Association has to say:
“This is a momentous day for all veterans. We applaud Congress and the president for passing and signing the bill with the language we provided, and stepping up for our brave K-9 Battle Buddy teams who have benefited, and will continue to benefit, from their service together.”
Bernie is one such dog who will be honored. She’s a Belgian Malinois, and was trained to sniff out more than 14 different explosives! Bret Reynolds was her handler and fell in love with the dog in Iraq, making it a very natural transition for the dog to return home with him afterwards.
Bernie eventually passed away, and Reynolds honored her life by a special memorial service. But most military dogs usually do not go home with their handlers. And they may never even return to the U.S. Thus they will never be honored either. But this new legislation will now ensure that they will be treated like the true soldiers that they really are.
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