Letter: Honor canine veterans, too

soldier dogAmericans always remember to thank veterans. But, given that last Sunday was Canine Veterans Day, let’s not forget to thank our four-legged veterans for their service, too.

Soldiers rely on military service dogs to sniff out explosives, listen for ambushes or take down combatants. Military dogs make soldiers feel safe, and for good reason: Since coming into the armed forces in 1942, service dogs have been saving an estimated 150 to 200 warriors’ lives each.

Even off of the front lines, these dogs keep saving lives by helping soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder. Our veterans — human and animals — have each other’s backs.

It’s time to show that we’ve got theirs, too.

We need to thank all our veterans — of both species.

ROBIN GANZERT, WASHINGTON, D.C.Editor’s note: Robin Ganzert is president and CEO of the American Humane Association.

 

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