LAW PASSED THAT ENSURES ALL MILITARY DOGS WILL RETURN HOME
WASHINGTON — A groundbreaking bill was signed on November 25th, to ensure that all U.S military dogs are returned to American soil upon completion of their overseas duties. The bill was signed by U.S. President Barack Obama and also provides military handlers, with the first chance to adopt the dogs post retirement.
Prior to this bill being passed, U.S Military dogs were retiring while still overseas and thus, they became civilians in the country they were stationed. Due to this, the dogs became “ineligible for military transport home to the U.S.” However, since the 2016 National Defence Authorization Act came into effect on Wednesday, all military dogs are now to be returned home after retirement. The provisions within the new act, were backed by the American Humane Association.
Military dogs serve a great purpose overseas and it is estimated that each dog saves anywhere from 150-200 lives while on tour. The dogs are trained to detect and alert servicemen and women of present IED’s (Improvised Explosive Device) and hidden weapons. The new law was also partially enacted because it is believes that reuniting military dogs with their handlers post retirement, could help veterans overcome war trauma and adjust to their life as a civilian once back home. Humane Association President, Robin Ganzert released a statement that all veterans deserve a “hero’s welcome” home, whether they have two legs or four.