President reconsidering bill that would help military working dogs

In October, we told you that Congress passed the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which would fund activities at the Defense Department. Unfortunately, President Obama vetoed the bill, negating an important provision that would help military working dogs.Military Working Dog Jofa

The Military Working Dogs Act of 2015, which was contained within the NDAA, included language that mandated military working dogs be returned to U.S. soil upon retirement and that their human handlers be given first right of adoption. It is often common for a military dog to be retired at its last assignment, meaning that service members who wished to keep the dog would have to pay the costs associated with transporting him or her back to the United States. This bill would have put the onus on the federal government to pay those transportation costs, giving the dogs a new lease on life.

The president vetoed the bill because he felt that the spending levels for the DOD were far lower than the White House requested and his veto sent the bill back to square one in Congress.

Congress had the option to override the president’s veto, but given that the budget deal formulated a few weeks ago between the White House and Congress resolved a lot of the president’s objections to the defense bill, both chambers easily passed a vote on the bill once again in early November. The NDAA now goes back to the president’s desk for a second time for final signature before becoming law.

5 thoughts on “President reconsidering bill that would help military working dogs

  1. Oh President Obama I was SOOOO happy reading you were guaranteeing military service dogs would come home at the end of their tours. Now you’re changing your mind. PLEASE DONT DO THIS TO THESE AMERICAN MILITARY DOGS THAT WOULD AND HAVE GIVEN THEIR LIVES TO PROTECT OUR SOLDIERS. PLEASE RESPECT THEM BECAUSE THEY SOOOO DESERVE YOUR AND ALL AMERICANS’ RESPECT AND GRATITUDE. DONT BREAK THE PROMISE OF WHAT YOU SAID YOU’D DO FOR THESE DOGS AND ALL THE SOLDIERS AND CIVILIANS WHO JUST GOT SO HAPPY TO LEARN THAT AND NOW LEARN YOU ARE SACRIFICING THESE WONDERFUL SERVICE DOGS AND NOT BRINGING THEM HOME. DON’T BE A REPUBLICAN AND LIE TO US!!!!

  2. I find it hard to believe that a man I have supported in all these years of office doesn’t value all the officers in our military …. If you have to look at it from an economic standpoint… Have your people research the amount of money we as Americans spend on our animals …. It’s time to support the animals who assist our military … It is unacceptable to leave these soldiers behind .

  3. Please bring these wonderful dogs home! They gave all they could give for the person they loved and yet we would abandon them in an unfriendly country to survive the best they can! This is wrong and in humane and against the beliefs of this country!

  4. Is there a away to put this on my facebook page and let me see if there is a way I can help in gaining support for this…thank you. Lori J Jones DVM