Ron Aiello, president U.S. War Dogs and John Burnam, president VDHA, accepting the
Scarlett Awards for Animal Heroism on behalf of our Nation's War Dogs at the North Shore Animal League America's Lewyt Humane Awards Luncheon. 2002. The Garden City Hotel, Garden City, New York.
September 23, 2002 - Vietnam Veteran War Dog Handler's, Ron Aiello and John Burnam, The
U. S. War Dogs Association receive an Award presented by: Mr. and Mrs Donald F. Smith, Dean
of Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine at the Pierre Hotel in New York City.
The above letter is in response to a letter I wrote on July 5, 2000 to then Secretary of Defence William
S. Cohen in regards to establishing a War Dog Memorial and in establishing a War Dog Stamp. I also letter copied the following:
Gen. Henry R Shelton, USA. Gen. Richard B. Myers, USAF. Gen. Eric K. Shinseki, USA. Admiral Jay L. Johnson, USN. Gen. Michael
E. Ryan, USAF. and Gen. James L. Jones, USMC.
On July 7, 2000 I received the above letter from then General Henry R. Shelton, Chairman of the
Joints Chiefs of Staff, with a personal hand written note.
I felt that this letter should be shared with everyone.
I should also note: I did not received a reply from Secretary of Defence William S. Cohen, nor any
of the other Joint Chiefs that I had copied with my letter.
This Sculpture was presented to our organization by the members of the:
Security Police Squadron,
McGuire, AFB, New Jersey
Military.Com has awarded The Distingushed Site Award to The United States War Dogs Association, Inc.