National K9 Veterans Day is a day of recognition in the United States that honors the service and sacrifices of military war dogs and working dogs, also known as K9 Veterans. Todays’s military dogs serve alongside service members hence – their human counterparts.
National K9 Veterans Day is celebrated annually on March 13th, which is the official birthday of the United States Army K9 Corps.
National K9 Veterans Day was first observed in 2015 to acknowledge the bravery and dedication of our four-legged heroes. Federal law enforcement agencies and multiple law enforcement agencies throughout the United States acknowledge this day as an official national holiday to raise awareness.
Care Plus Partners with Tri-State K-9 Crisis Response Team to Provide Access to Therapy Support Dogs
Care Plus partners with the Tri-State K-9 Crisis Response Team to provide access to therapy support dogs. The Tri-State K-9 Crisis Response Team not only has therapy support dogs, but retired K9 veterans who are also a part of the program.
There are photos of dogs that are K9 veterans and have been deployed. To see these K9 veterans visit here and look for the dogs with a star under their name.
Care Plus has worked with the Tri-State K-9 Crisis Response Team at East Brook to provide sessions with therapy dogs after a tragic bus accident here in Paramus. We also worked with the Tri-State K-9 Crisis Response Team and the Bergen County Prosecutors Office to assist with the death of one their colleagues/Bergen CIT Presenter.
War Span Centuries Military Dogs
Military dogs contribute to the safety and security of the nation. It is an opportunity to recognize and honor the important role that military units and working dogs have played in our history. K9 Veterans Day is a time to show gratitude for the loyal service and sacrifice of these military campaigns.
K9s have served in the military since World War I, and have played a crucial role in detecting explosives, narcotics, and other dangerous materials. They have also been used in search and rescue missions and as sentries, guard dogs, and patrol dogs.
Military Working Dogs
The United States Army K9 Corps is a special unit within the United States Army that is responsible for training and deploying military working dogs, also known as K9s, for a variety of tasks. War dogs are trained to work in a variety of environments, including in combat zones, and are often used to support infantry and other ground forces.
War Dog Program and Today’s Military Dogs
The War Dog Program, also known as the Military Working Dog Program, was a program that trained and deployed military working dogs to support military operations. The program dates back to World War II.
Staff Sgt. Radames Leon and Pako were a 96th Security Forces Squadron military working dog team at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. It was on March 13, 1942, that the Army began training for its new War Dog Program, also known as the “K-9 Corps”.
Today’s military dogs are valued as important members of their military units. The United States Army K9 Corps is an important component of the military, and their K9’s are used in a variety of operations both domestically and abroad.
The new War Dog Program is operated by each branch of the U.S. military, including the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines. The program takes great care in selecting and training dogs with the appropriate temperament and abilities for the specific tasks they will be performing. These dogs are highly trained and play a crucial role in supporting military operations, and their work has saved many lives over the years.
Do K9 Veterans Retire?
Yes, K9 Veterans do retire from service. K9 Veterans work hard during their time in service and are often retired when they reach a certain age or when they are no longer able to perform their duties due to health reasons.
When K9 Veterans retire, they are often adopted by their handlers or other suitable individuals or organizations. Retired military working dogs can also be adopted by civilians through the Military Working Dog Adoption Program, which is managed by the U.S. Department of Defense.
Retired K9 Veterans often have a well-deserved retirement and live out their remaining years as loyal companions. Some may continue to work in a civilian capacity, such as in law enforcement or search and rescue, depending on their skills and health.
Sergeant Stubby The Original War Dog
According to Wikipedia, Sergeant Stubby, the original war dog (1916 – March 16, 1926) was a dog and the unofficial mascot of the 102nd Infantry Regiment (United States) and was assigned to the 26th (Yankee) Division in World War I. He served for 18 months and participated in 17 battles on the Western Front. He saved his regiment from surprise mustard gas attacks, found and comforted the wounded, and allegedly once caught a German soldier by the seat of his pants, holding him there until American soldiers found him. His actions were well-documented in contemporary American newspapers.
Stubby has been called the most decorated war dog of the Great War and the only dog to be nominated and promoted to sergeant through combat. Stubby’s remains are in the Smithsonian Institution.
Stubby: An American Hero is a 2018 computer-animated adventure film centering on the real-life Sergeant Stubby, a stray Boston Terrier.
Decorated K9 Veterans
Several additional decorated K9 Veterans include:
Chips (1940–1946) a German Shepherd-Collie-Malamute mix , was a trained sentry dog for United States Army, and reputedly the most decorated war dog.
Lex (1999 – March 25, 2012) was the first active duty, fully fit military working dog to be granted early retirement in order to be adopted. His handler Corporal Dustin J. Lee was killed from an attack in Iraq. Lee’s parents appealed to the military to adopt Lex. Lex was released from active service to be adopted by the Lee family
Cairo, the Navy SEAL working dog on the bin Laden raid has a great story. Will Chesney wrote “No Ordinary Dog” to outline his relationship with Cairo his partner who is a Belgian Malinois.
In Closing: Armed forces and K9 Veterans
K9 dogs play an important role in the armed forces of many countries around the world. These dogs are highly trained and are used in a variety of roles, including detecting explosives and narcotics, tracking and apprehending individuals, and providing security and protection.
In the United States, K9 dogs are widely used in the military, with each branch of the armed forces operating its own War Dog Program. These dogs are trained to work in a variety of environments, including in combat zones, and they are often used to support infantry and other ground forces.
K9 dogs are valued members of the armed forces and are highly respected for their service and sacrifice. These dogs often work in dangerous and challenging environments, and their work has saved many lives over the years.
When they retire from service, they are often adopted by their handlers or other suitable individuals or organizations, and they are remembered for their loyal and dedicated service to their country.
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