Several veterans are fighting for the rights of combat dogs. It seems as though there are some people in congress that look at the dogs as a disposable entity. Organizations like Save-A-Vet, however, are proving that these dogs have much more worth than the higher ups could have ever expected. They are helping injured and homeless military veterans not only get the housing they seek, but they are helping to cure PTSD in the men and women after combat just as the human veterans are helping the dogs that have the same issue.
Now Jim Forsyth of Reuters made the big announcement that the United States Military has finally been able to dedicate the very first national monument to combat dogs. This is a great feat knowing that the dogs that serve on the front lines, protecting our soldiers, will finally be recognized for the sacrifices they make.
The dedication took place on Monday, October 28th at the Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, in San Antonio, Texas. The monument has been inscribed with the words, “Guardians of America’s Freedom.” This says it all about the four-legged companions that not only keep our military men and women safe, but provide them solace in the times of war and destruction. Their handlers realize that the dogs are patriots, too.
The reason that the monument was erected at Lackland was because it is known as the home of the U.S. Armed Forces Center. In addition, this is the location where all of the dogs have been trained for all of the branches of our armed serves since 1958. In fact, when a dog is injured in combat, the dog ordinarily returns to Lackland after medical procedures and while it is rehabbing.
Private donations were made that funded the cost of the sculpture. The sculpture itself is a beautiful rendition of the four major breeds of canines that have served the U.S. Armed Forces since World War II. The canines featured include a Doberman Pinscher, German Shepherd, Labrador Retriever, and a Belgian Malinois. Other dogs like the English Bulldog and even a Yorkshire Terrier have served alongside the men and women of our military.
The dog handlers, sentries, scouts and trackers for the armed services all realize just how much they rely on the dogs to help them through the tough times; not only emotionally, but as a supportive unit. They are happy that others will now realize just how important these dogs are when they are able to view the monument to the awesome creatures that served right by their sides.