A Hero’s Best Friend: Dogs help wounded warriors recover

WASHINGTON – Throughout centuries of war, dogs have been by service members’ sides, whether they’re helping save lives in the battlefield or helping them heal. And helping to heal is exactly what man’s best friend is doing in the D.C. area. Since 1999, dogs at Walter Reed Army Medical Center — and now at Walter…

Every Dawg Has His Day:

Jon Hemp claims he’s not a “joiner.” The first forty years after his return from Vietnam in August 1969 bore this out. In fact, he’d avoided anything remotely veteran related until his “begrudging participation” in his unit’s first reunion in Washington, D.C., during the 25th anniversary of the dedication of The Wall in 2007. That’s…

Dogs trained to sniff out IEDs in Yuma desert

YUMA, Ariz. – In Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, Mark Antony implores a Roman horde to “cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war.” But a lot of time has passed since then. And it’s unlikely any Afghanistan insurgents ever read Shakespeare in the first place. But the Taliban are very familiar with the “dogs of…

More Than Just a Dog, but a Military Hero

In the eyes of those who know of her fame, eight-year-old Lucca is not just a dog, but a brave soldier. Lucca, a Belgian Malinois, is a military working dog who has served in three deployments– two in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. During her career in the military, she saved hundreds of lives by…

Buddies Soldiers and Animals in World War II

When waging war against each other, human armies often enlist the aid of the animal kingdom. In past conflicts, horses, elephants, and camels hauled men and supplies; pigeons carried messages; dogs tracked enemies and protected troops. Their efforts helped to turn battles—and the fortunes of many a combat soldier. Read More: