Memorial Day is a time to reflect on the contributions of the brave men and women who gave their lives for our great country. Yet there’s another category of courageous soldiers that laid down their lives in battle, and these particular military heroes had four legs and a tail.
Dogs have been a part of our nations military services since it’s inception, initially working as messengers and mascots. Canines were officially inducted into the armed forces during World War II, and over the years their duties have grown to include mortar detection, weapon and ammunition scent identification, and troop protection.
These highly trained creatures are an integral part of our armed forces and have helped save more than 10,000 human lives and discovered innumerable weapons. In honor of military service dogs, both past and present, we’ve created a list of facts and anecdotes to reveal their roles and celebrate their contributions.Cesar is a service dog for veterans
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