Monday, September 17, 2012
was the first hero of his kind
to return from the Vietnam War.
The welcoming committee
watched him walk down the ramp
of the plane that had just landed
at Kelly Air Force Base.
He was wounded-
his right eye was missing and
scar ran from below
his right eye socket to his mouth.
But his wounds weren't
what made him different from
other returning Vietnam veterans
because he was a dog.
Looking back over the years, like world war II.
At first more than thirty breeds were accepted.
Later the list was narrowed down to German Shepherds,
Belgian Sheep Dogs, Doberman Pinschers, Farm Collies
and Giant Schnauzers. In all, a little over 19,000 dogs
were procured between 1942 and 1945 (about 45% of these
were rejected as unsuited for training).
Initially the Quartermaster Corps placed the
War Dog Program in its Plant Protection Branch
of the Inspection Division, on the theory that dogs would be used chiefly with guards at civilian war plants
When you look back at how these beautiful Hero's were
looked at as Expendable, I get so mad.
These brave dogs sniff out bombs and put their lives
on the line, for you and your family.
Like their human counterparts, sometimes they succumb
on the battlefield or after they return home.
The military gives them the respect they deserve in light
of their service, often providing a memorial ceremony in
the form of a “missing dog” display,
consisting of an empty kennel, leash,
and an inverted food bucket signifying
the unbreakable bond between a handler and dog,
centered in the chapel’s front stage.
Should you see my post,
I want you to know I think you are
doing a wonderful project.
God Bless you.
I hope some bloggers will send you
a small or even big donation.
These Dogs deserve
to be honored.
The Save-A-Vet Story
Save-A-Vet began in the heart of Iraq War veteran Danny Scheurer when he was stationed in one of the most dangerous places in Baghdad during one of the worst times in the war. Danny learned that a military contractor whose contract with the government was not being renewed had decided to leave their corporate-owned K-9's behind to avoid the costs of transporting and sheltering them and abandon these noble animals in the backstreets of Baghdad.
Like all GI's, he had come to love military working dogs and regard them as war buddies and comrades-in-arms. Faced with this horrible specter of these abandoned dogs, Danny decided that when he got back to the States he was going to do something about it to assure that every canine veteran received the same honor and care as our human veterans. Since then, thousands of people have joined with Danny and Save-A-Vet to champion the cause of our K-9 heroes
I love Dogs. My Daughter told me to watch a movie "Hachi"
with Richard Gere. I loved it, but it touched me to the core.
Check it out if you like heart wrenching movies.
Posted by Yvonne @ La Petite Gallery
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