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Every year we celebrate Veterans Day on November 11 to honor the brave men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces, but we often forget about the four-legged warriors who accompany them into battle. Many Americans may not know, but every year on March 13, we celebrate K9 Veterans Day to honor the brave dogs who serve the military.
The Department of Defense Military Working Dog Program is run by the Air Force Security Forces Center at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. They run, house and train the dogs when they first come into the program where Marines, Navy, Army and Air Force are all stationed to train the dogs before they head off to join the operating forces.
Each dog will have seven to eight years of service, during which many are deployed, often in forward positions, risking their lives to protect the freedom of the United States of America.
With thanksgiving for the sacrifice that military working dogs give each and every day.
For the handlers who work with and care for the dogs as they train.
For the bond that exists between a military person and his or her K9 soldier.