The National Defense Authorization Act was recently signed into law by the Senate, House of Representatives and the president. Every military dog will be returned to the United States after they retire. The dogs’ families will also be given first priority for adoption. This is great news because many military men and women are separated from their animals and never see them again.
The National Defense Authorization Act not only wants to ensure that the dogs get home safely, but they also want to make sure that the animals are reunited with their family members. It is estimated that 150 to 200 lives are saved each day due to military dogs. They detect hidden weapons and IEDS.
Dr. Robin Ganzert is the president and CEO of the American Humane Association. He stated that this is a momentous day for all veterans. He also stated that he applauds congress and president for signing the bill. This law is going to honor dogs like Bernie.
Bret Reynold was Bernie’s handler. Bernie was trained to stiff 14 different types of explosives. Even though Bernie was honored when he passed, most military dogs are never returned to their handlers. The National Defense Authorization Act will ensure that every military dog is treated with dignity and respect.