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