Military working dogs to return to U.S. after their service

Recently, both chambers of Congress finalized and passed the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to fund activities at the Department of Defense. As part of this, military working dogs will be getting a new lease on life.Military Working Dog Jofa

Congressman Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.) and Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) introduced the bill, the Military Working Dogs Act of 2015, which included language that mandates military working dogs be returned to U.S. soil upon retirement, and their human handlers be given first right of adoption. This bill passed as part of the NDAA.

The Department of Defense estimates there are more than 2,000 dogs working in various branches of the military worldwide. Before passage of this bill, it was commonplace for the dog to be retired at its last assignment or service members had to pay for the costs associated with getting the dog back to the United States. Now, once President Obama signs the NDAA into law, the federal government will be responsible for the costs associated with the transportation of military working dogs to the United States for retirement.

Although the AVMA did not have a formal position on this particular bill at the time of the bill’s passage, the association has supported similar legislation in the past.

2 thoughts on “Military working dogs to return to U.S. after their service

  1. Shame on the government for not providing a ride home for our 4 legged veterans until now. It is about time that these K-9’s were and are recognized for the thousands of lives they save – in previous wars, like the Vietnam War, there would be 10,000 more names on the Vietnam Wall had it not been for dogs who saved those 10,000 human lives.
    Please visit our website: Michigan War Dog Memorial in Michigan. For any soldier or military/police K-9 handler, we will inter their K-9 companion with a military burial ceremony and provide a granite headstone at no cost to the soldier. We believe these dogs should be laid to rest with the honor and respect they are due after faithfully serving their country along side our two legged heroes.