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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Help Bring Military Dogs Home From War

Keep Military Working Dogs from being abandoned as "excess equipment"


I just learned about this issue through a recent veterans newsletter. See the article here

While military working dogs can be adopted, current and retired MWD's are being classified as "excess equipment" and therefore not eligible for transport back home. So the dogs are left behind unless there is an adopter who can pay the cost of transporting them home. Could you bring some attention to this issue.

The Military Working Dog Adoptions website
( states the following:

For the last five years, the efforts and all official requests of the US War Dog Association have been rebuffed by the Department of Defense with absolute refusal to even consider the creation of any DoD recognized commendation for MWDs. Experts estimate that the average MWD saves 150 soldier lives during his tenure of service. This is a LAUDABLE FEAT which should be recognized in an OFFICIAL CAPACITY

Please let your readers know about this and urge them to contact their US Senators and Congressional Representatives to ask for support of
the MWD Transport, Reclassification and Recognition Amendment to HR 5314 to support transport of retiring MWD's and reclassification of Active Duty and Retired MWD's as outlined below...


1. Provide for authorized DoD Transport of retiring MWDs stationed at permanent OCONUS (overseas) bases who are ADOPTION SUITABLE or ALREADY ADOPTED back to CONUS (continental United States) via military transport.

A. If the MWD is ALREADY adopted, the dog will be transported to whatever CONUS base the Mil Air plane lands, whereupon the adopter is responsible for paying the MWD's domestic transport to a Forever Home. Support may be required from that base's MWD Facility to place the dog (still a military asset because he has not been relinquished to his adopter) on a commercial flight to the dog's end destination. An overnight stay at the MWD Facility should be an option.

B. If the MWD is ADOPTION SUITABLE but is NOT adopted, the dog should be integrated into the already existing MWD Adoption Program at the 341st MWD Training Squadron. The chance of finding a suitable adoption situation will be increased by having the MWD transported Stateside. The MWD's Owning OCONUS Unit SHOULD NOT be required to pay for Lackland transport of any as yet unadopted ADOPTION SUITABLE MWD.*

(*Current standard is that if a unit wishes to get a retiring MWD to Lackland AFB, the UNIT MUST PAY FOR THE TRANSPORT. This should not be the case with our RETIRING adoption-suitable MWDs returned to the 341st Training Squadron MWD Adoption Program.)


2. Grant an OFFICIAL reclassification of current active duty MWD from "Equipment" to "MWD Troop/Soldier". This change is necessary in order to undergird the reclassification of a RETIRING MWD from the current "Excess Equipment" to "MWD Veteran" or "Military K9 Veteran".


3. Mandate the creation and establishment of a DoD recognized Commendation and Medal for Meritorious MWD Service for Active Duty MWDs.*

Thank you!

Lucinda Greene - proud spouse of a veteran.

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