K-9 Veterans: The Unsung Heroes
Dogs have been participating in war campaigns for centuries. However, they were not recognized as an official part of the U.S Military until March 13,1942 when the Military War Dog Program, also known as “ K-Corps” was created.
Military Working Dogs (MWD) are trained to perform numerous tasks, such as, search and rescue, detection of explosives, scouting, and patrolling. Due to their visual, auditory and olfactory sensory abilities, dogs can sense things a soldier cannot. This can often intimidate a foe more quickly and with non-lethal force. In the Vietnam War alone, these dogs and their handlers have been credited with saving over 10,000 lives and preventing harm to countless others.
So, today, take a moment to think of our furry veterans and remember how beneficial they are to our society.