Posted Date: December 7, 2015
The U.S. Congress has passed and the President signed the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act which has great news for current and future working military dogs.
Congress has passed and the President signed the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act which includes mandating the return of retiring military working dogs to the U.S. and former handlers will have first right of adoption.
Each year military dogs save approximately 150-200 servicemen and women in the line of duty. Prior to this bill passing, military dogs had no guarantee of returning home and were ineligible to use military transport to the U.S., much to the distress of their dedicated human handlers. This bill will allow their handlers, and others, to adopt the retired dogs and will assist veterans with PTSD and other conditions to heal with their retired canine companions.
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