Lane County Veterans Day Parade

U.S. War Dogs...Remembered

Members of the German Shepherd Dog Club of Greater Eugene, the Emerald Dog Obedience Club Canine Drill Team, and the Springfield Police K9 Unit participated in the Lane County Veterans Day Parade to honor and remember the U.S. War Dogs.

In Iraq and Afghanistan, the nature of war has changed, forcing the Pentagon to retool for unconventional foes. Amid the push for robotic IED detectors and aerial drones, however, is renewed investment in another less high tech counterinsurgency tool...Military Working Dogs. While they’ve served in every modern conflict, no other war has so closely matched their particular skills, which helps explain why their ranks have more than doubled since 2001 from 1,300 to about 2,800 dogs. The capability they bring to track snipers, smell explosives, and sense danger, cannot be replicated by man or machine. They serve multiple tours, and dozens have died in service to their country. Their yield outperforms any asset the military has in its inventory.

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Rand Stamm says ... on Friday, Nov 12 at 10:13 PM

They are not an asset like a tank or a hammer. They are living, breathing partners to our soldiers, and if you talk to any K9 handler, they will tell you as much and more. Give them the honor and respect they deserve.

Rand Stamm says ... on Friday, Nov 12 at 10:15 PM

They are not an asset like a jeep or a tank, they are living, breathing partners to our soldiers, and if you talk to any K9 handler they will tell you as much and more. Give them the respect and honor they deserve.

matoluta says ... on Saturday, Nov 13 at 1:51 PM

We agree! The Pentagon has slammed the door more than once on a request from former military dog handlers to honor U.S. war dogs with an official medal for their service, stating that medals are for humans only.

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