LIFE

Dogs In The Military Deserve Our Salutes, Too

by Grace Eire
Grace plays in a band and is the mother to a black cat named Fitzhugh.

Every member of any branch of our military is a hero. The sacrifices made by each and every member of the armed forces are so great, the rest of us can never fully understand.

However, it’s not just men and women who make these sacrifices. There are also the canine members of the military. These heroes do incredibly important jobs that save countless lives.

Just because they are animals doesn’t mean that they’re out of the line of fire, though. An enemy’s bombs will not discriminate when they explode. Many canine military members lose their lives while fighting for our country, and they deserve to be honored for their sacrifice.

The following 16 pictures are of military dogs from all sorts of branches, from the Air Force to the Army. Some of them were injured in the line of duty, and others served for more than a decade and retired with honor.

Don’t you think that the military dogs are heroes that deserve to be honored, too? Please SHARE with family and friends on Facebook, especially if you’re in a military family.

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Not only are military dogs crucial to certain missions, but they offer moments of happiness like this one among many much more somber moments.

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This little lab pup keeps a soldier company by hanging out in a backpack.

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This spaniel even has honors.

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Throughout Benjo’s career in the U.S. Air Force, he kept his fellow military men and women safe by locating all kinds of explosives. His work saved countless lives. Upon his retirement in 2009, one of the guards at his base adopted him, giving him the loving forever home he deserved.

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Canine members of the military make many great sacrifices like humans do.

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When this soldier’s shepherd got too tired to walk, she carried him on her shoulder. That’s how strong the bond is between a military dog and the handler.

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These dogs even jump out of planes wearing harnesses that keep them safe and attached to their handler. A civilian dog would not be brave or well-behaved enough to handle this.

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Corporal Kiddy was on her way home after 12 years of service with the U.S. Marines. When the flight attendant made an announcement about her service, she hopped on a nearby lap to accept the applause.

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It’s impossible for us to truly understand the intensity of this particular bond.

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Dogs rescued from various war zones have been known to become a part of the group that saved them, sometimes even becoming search and rescue dogs.

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The bond often remains long after the tour of duty is over. Handlers often adopt the dogs that stood by their side throughout their time in the military.

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These working dogs may have incredibly important jobs, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t ready to cuddle at nap time.

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They also sometimes make great alarm clocks.

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Military dogs stand by their handlers and save their lives all the time. They are some of the most loyal members of the military.

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These heroic dogs are crucial to the complicated operations that out military pulls off every day.

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These animals are truly amazing creatures. They do some of the hardest jobs in the country, and they do them with great enthusiasm.

Don’t you think that the military dogs are heroes that deserve to be honored, too? Please SHARE with family and friends on Facebook, especially if you’re in a military family.