Guarantees All Military Working Dogs Retirement On U.S. Soil

Sunday, November 29th 2015 | By: Ginn Andrews

Obama has signed the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act, which guarantees
all military service dogs a ride home and retirement on U.S. soil.

addition, the handlers who served bravely alongside them will be given the
first rights to adopt these canine heroes. Previously, military dogs were
retired overseas and it was extremely difficult for handlers to bring the dogs
back to the U.S.

are many to thank for the passing of this act, including military dog advocates
Congressman Frank LoBiondo and Senator Claire McCaskill who introduced this
language in the House and Senate. Many animal lovers and supporters sent
letters to their representatives asking them to support this essential bill.

am proud the President and Congress recognized the sacrifice and status of all
of those that serve, including our military working dogs.  As someone fortunate enough to have a retired
MWD in my family, I know that these brave dogs deserve an opportunity to return
home and enjoy their retirement,” said Bonnie-Jill Laflin, founder of Hounds
and Heroes, an organization dedicated to raising funds for ALL Heroes including
military, vets, first responders and animals.


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