The following States signed proclamations in 2012 declaring March 13 as K9 Veterans Day, setting the example for the rest of the Nation:
California, Delaware. Florida, Georgia. Illinois. Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia.
New Jersey was the first state that proclaimed March 13th of EVERY YEAR as K-9 Veterans' Day.
That has blossomed into the current effort to get every state, and as many cities as is possible, to also proclaim March 13 of every year as a much deserved special day to honor our war dogs, and we encourage you to get your home town involved by contacting your Mayor and Governor or, better yet contact your Representative and two Senators. Congress members generally only want to hear from their constituents so if you are not sure of your congressional district or who your member is go to:
Representatives: www.house.gov and enter your zip code.
Senators http://www.senate.gov/ and follow instructions
Remember they Served to Save and Deserve to be Remembered
March 13, 1942 is the official birthday of the United States K9 Corps, and so it seems only right to annually honor their service on that date. We only seek your heart felt desire to help, and to be a voice for those deserving Veterans who have no voice.
We are certainly honored to have current handlers voicing their support for this campaign.
Dogs have bled, suffered, and died while serving in all our wars, to include this war on terror, and they have done so in ways that do us all proud.
Dogs were there in the trenches of France in WW I, and the slopes of Iwo Jima in WW II, and though many were pure breeds, some others were mixed breeds, and our troops didn’t care either way. They were simply grateful to have one, and they treated them with respect as a fellow soldier. Of course dogs also served with honor in Korea, and Vietnam, and wherever our Country has called them to serve.
The MWD teams are an integral part of the U.S. mission in Iraq and Afghanistan, devoting many hours to carrying out all the traditional roles of military dogs. Guard duty is a basic MWD function, but their responsibilities today will include base security, individual and crowd control, tracking, and explosive and narcotic detection. Most dogs are dual-purpose trained: police dogs first, then with a specialty skill such as bomb detection.
Because of the attacks on our homeland, many more dogs than are normally associated with the term “war dogs” are in the fight, and this campaign will not discriminate against them. The war came to us, and so it has become seriously important to us as a Nation to have our borders, transportation centers, ports, bases, fuel dumps, energy compounds, and many more places, as well guarded as is possible, and for the most part they are guarded by dogs that are not in the military.
Police K-9s, Customs K-9s, Border Patrol K-9s, Secret Service K-9s, Airport Police K-9s, F.B.I. K-9s and the local Police K-9 units who protect our neighborhoods should be honored accordingly.
And let's not forget the privately handled Search and Rescue Dog teams who worked tirelessly at Ground Zero and at the Pentagon on that fateful day of 9/11. Private Bomb Dog and Security Dog Teams in Iraq and Afghanistan, and other sites as needed. Private Therapy Dogs working in hospitals both here and abroad helping to heal our wounded warriors. Service Dogs are now assisting those who are handicapped by the War to have a more meaningful life. May we never forget as well the service of those privately handled dogs who search for the remains that are so important to their families. And of course many of our troops will readily tell you of how unofficial war dogs, Mascots helped in keeping one’s spirits high as the horrors of war worked to depress them.
WW II is the only war where people “loaned” their dog to the war effort. When that war was over, they got their dog back.
Things certainly changed by the time Vietnam, came to be. That is the only war where the dogs were declared “surplus equipment”, and left behind.