Pritzker Military Library | Mike Dowling

Sergeant Mike Dowling and his military working dog Rex were one of the first Marine Corps military K9 teams sent to the front lines of combat since Vietnam.  Deployed to Iraq in 2004, there was nothing that could have fully prepared either for what they would face in the infamous Triangle of Death. Sergeant Rex…

VA says no service dogs warranted for war stress sufferers

The Department of Veterans Affairs will pay service-dog benefits to veterans with vision, hearing or mobility-related injuries but not to veterans suffering only with post-traumatic-stress-disorder and other mental health disabilities. A 67-page, final draft of rules concerning veterans in need of service dogs was published today in the Federal Register and will become final in…

Air Force Art Program

The Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators presents “Air Force Art,” opening September 5 through September 29, 2012. The exhibition showcases the original art from illustrators documenting the United States Air Force through a wide variety of technological and figurative works. Shortly after the Air Force became recognized as a separate service…

Military Working Dog Adoptions

Canines are one of the best partners that we can have.  I don’t want to sound demeaning, but they are also a great tool.  The nose of a canine can sniff out suspects, drugs and explosives.  Agencies around the world tend to spend thousands of dollars for a canine, most of the time that doesn’t…

V-DAY 11 11 11

About 11.11.11: V-DAY 11.11.11 is a feature-length documentary that examines what it means to be a veteran in America by telling the stories of some of the men and women who dedicate their lives to our country. Cameras followed veterans from every branch of war and times served on November 11, 2011 for a glimpse…

Dog, Handler Protect Marines

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Riding in an armored truck over Afghanistan’s rutted dirt roads is scarcely a smooth or comfortable experience. Each bump is felt as springs groan and creak under the weight of the mine resistant, ambush-protected vehicle. The air conditioner circulates dusty air, and unless you’re right next to the vents, you’re drenched…