Dogs have been our loyal companions for thousands of years. As a matter of fact, they have been along our side for so long, that we have developed ways of utilizing their abilities for our needs.

They can be guide dogs for blind people or being a detection dog that finds various substances. This list goes on and on. Nonetheless, we can all safely agree that dogs are remarkable animals which seemingly live to please humans.

They are known for their great work ethic, so much that there are dogs serving in the military! These dogs are our main topic for today. In the past, war dogs were used for lots of different purposes on the battlefield, and this concept is still utilized even today.

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Currently, there are over 2,000 dogs serving in the United States Military. They are trained to be anywhere from scouts to trackers and they are quite useful. As a matter of fact, they are responsible for saving the lives of many soldiers.

Even though the dogs saved lives, it was common practice for the dogs to be left behind in the country where they served, instead of returning to the United States. Luckily, this practice will change.

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The Congress has drafted a new legislation which concerns military dogs serving overseas. With this bill, upon retirement, military dogs will be returned back to the United States.

Furthermore, the handlers and their families will have the first right of adopting the retired military dogs! This is a big step forward for all the military dogs serving in our military.

Some veterans, upon retiring, suffer from post-traumatic stress, and military dogs can suffer from it as well. Keeping dogs is one of the best ways of coping with the stress

On the other hand, handlers keeping their military dogs help both the handlers and the military dogs to heal from their experiences. Even though they are not people, military dogs should be treated equally as heroes that served our country.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Mark Bush, 386th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, gets affectionately licked by his dog, Xarius, June 3, 2014 at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. Bush is deployed from the 28th Security Forces Squadron at Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Bush hails from Chicago, Illinois. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy Bowcock)

According Dr. Robin Ganzert, the president and CEO of the American Humane Association, every veteran – both two footed and four footed – should receive a hero’s welcome. We completely agree with him and we are certain that you will too.

For the time being, this new bill awaits the signature from the president in order to finally become a law. Many of you will agree with us that this law will finally allow military dogs to get a treatment they deserve.

After all, they didn’t choose to be military dogs, but even so, they did their best serving our country! These dogs have saved thousands of lives on the battlefield.

Even after retiring, they can still serve in other ways, from being lovable pets all the way to being therapy dogs. Whatever path is given to them, the retired military dogs will undoubtedly take it and do their best. They deserve a second chance in their short life, and when this bill becomes love, all former military dogs will finally have it!

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