It’s victory for all our hero military dogs! A new law requires retired military dogs to be returned to the United States!
On Wednesday, President Barack Obama signed a bill allowing U.S. military dogs to be returned to the United States upon retirement and giving their handlers first dibs to adopt them.
Prior to the signing, U.S. military dogs who retired overseas became ‘civilians’ –they were ineligible for military transport home to the U.S.
The 2016 National Defense Authorization Act changes that with provisions backed by the American Humane Association arguing that each military dog saves the lives of between 150-200 servicemen and women by detecting IEDs and hidden weapons caches.
This new law will require that military working dogs be returned to United States soil when they retire and that their former handlers will be given the first chance to adopt them.
The new law comes at a time when care for United States veterans is under heavy scrutiny, as the government struggles to cope with thousands of wounded service members returning from the longstanding conflicts in the Middle East.
The Humane Association adds that reuniting retired military dogs with their handlers can help both veterans overcome the trauma they’ve experienced during war experiences and readjust to civilian life.
“This is a great day for military heroes on both ends of the leash. We believe all our veterans — two-footed and four-footed — should come back to a hero’s welcome,” Humane Association President Robin Ganzert said.
Source: Military Times