VA Offers Marriage Retreats for Returning Vets

he Department of Veterans Affairs is trying a new path when it comes to caring for and healing the Nation’s wounded Veterans.  Now, in addition to repairing their damaged bodies and minds, VA is attempting to go one step further and repair their crumbling marriages. The Damage Done “Research shows that 70 percent of our…

Letting Slip the Real Dogs of War

At 7 a.m. one August morning, near the town of Safar, Afghanistan, Fenji was out in front of 10 marines, leashed to a D-ring attached to the body armor of her handler, Cpl. Max Donahue. Fenji, a German shepherd, was on the hunt for improvised explosive devices, the top killer in Afghanistan. IEDs can elude…

Canine Celebrity Comes to Centennial Campus

Emir, a retired military working dog, visited the Military & Veterans Programs office March 1, causing people all over Centennial Campus to momentarily break from their work to go see this canine “rock star.” The German Shepherd, formerly assigned to the U.S. Air Force’s 447th Expeditionary Group, Kirkland Air Force Base (AFB), New Mexico, served…

Military War Dog enjoys retirement

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) –  It’s often said that a dog is man’s best friend but, this dog is more than that. Beyco is a veteran and has served overseas and saved countless lives. She was recently adopted by a Louisville man who is giving her a new home. Decorated in medals and badges, 10-year-old Beyco…

Military working dogs: More about the Air Force’s canine members

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. — Most service members may be familiar with the wingman and battle-buddy concepts employed by the military. But for the group of military working dog trainers here, battle buddies take on a completely different form when battle buddies are dogs. Some of the military working dogs are born into a puppy program at Joint Base San…

Breeding Program Turns Puppies Into Troops

Bernadine Green stands tall amid a group of young military recruits in training, assessing their behavior for signs of future excellence. In the coming months, some of these troops will “wash out” of training, while others will go on to serve their nation, saving lives and ensuring security in locations around the world. But for…

The Dogs of War: Training, deployment and the golden years

Veterans returning from wars can often count on a reservoir of goodwill from the public to help them make the transition to civilian life. And there are programs to help them begin new, post-military careers. But sometimes, it gets complicated. Eric Falconer, for example, has spent months trying to match up some of the nation’s…

Advocates lobby for military dogs

They have four legs, cold wet noses and tails that often wag furiously. Yet the Defense Department classifies its working dogs as equipment. Advocates for the four-footed troops want this to change. “When you lose a military working dog, you can’t just take another one off the shelf,” said Debbie Kandoll, founder of Military Working…