Petition Tag - military dogs

1. Allow military service dogs to return home with their handlers

The military is giving away service dogs and not allowing them to go home with their handlers when term of duty is over.

These dogs deserve to be with the ones they have served with. Some of them suffer from ptsd. I don't see why the military think they have an arbitrary right to give these dogs to friends or people of influence.

These dogs are not jeeps or guns or ordinance they have life and have served well and deserve to retire with the people that love them and have taken care of them.

2. National K9 Veterans' Day

March 13, 1942, is the official birthday of the United States K9 Corps. In 2009, the late Joseph White, retired military dog handler, began the effort to honor military and working dogs by proclaiming March 13 as K9 Veterans' Day.

Following Joe White's leadership, there is a national effort to establish March 13 as K9 Veterans’ Day. Several states have already taken that step. Our goal is to have March 13 proclaimed as national K9 Veterans’ Day, similar to our current Veterans' Day.

K9 Veterans Day is intended to honor military dogs as well as those working with police, customs, border patrol, service, therapy and other working dogs whose mission it is to protect and serve the homeland and people within it.

Working dogs are commended for their loyalty and devotion and are known for placing themselves in harm’s way even to the point of making the ultimate sacrifice for their partners, handlers, and trainers.