If you follow this blog fairly regularly, you know I have a soft spot for dogs and veterans. The US House of Representatives has now passed a resolution (#4305) that includes both. Here’s the bill summary from the congressional website:
Puppies Assisting Wounded Service Members for Veterans Therapy Act or the PAWS for Veterans Therapy Act
This bill requires the Department of Veterans Affairs to implement a pilot program to assess the effectiveness of addressing post-deployment mental health and post-traumatic stress disorder through a method where veterans train service dogs for veterans with disabilities.
Read the full text, if you’d like, then call your Senators and ask them to make sure the bill comes up for a vote in the Senate.
Let’s get this bill passed, as it helps both the dogs and the vets.
Original caption: Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are the center of their universe. We are the focus of their love and faith and trust. They serve us in return for scraps. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made.
Good news! The Delta K-9 injured in the raid on Al Baghdadi’s compound is said to be back at work and will heal completely from his/her injuries. Although much about the four-legged soldier remains classified, a picture of the hero was released on Twitter. Continue reading Update on the Delta K-9→
When you hit your knees tonight, please offer up a prayer for the Delta Force K-9 injured today in the raid on Al Baghdadi. The dog was chasing the terrorist and his children into a tunnel when Baghdadi detonated his suicide vest. I don’t know how close the dog was to the blast, but he apparently sustained some injuries.
Judy was the mascot of several ships in the Pacific. She was captured by the Japanese in 1942 and taken to a prison camp. There she met Leading Aircraftsman Frank Williams who shared his small portion of rice with her. Judy raised morale in the POW camp giving alarm when poisonous snakes, crocodiles and even tigers approached. She was smuggled out in a rice sack when the prisoners were shipped back to Singapore. She never whimpered or betrayed her presence to the guards. The next day, the ship was torpedoed. Williams pushed Judy out of a porthole in an attempt to save her life, even though there was a 15 feet drop to the sea. He made his own escape from the ship, not knowing if Judy had survived. Continue reading The Story of Judy→