Veteran’s Day 2011

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918,WWI formally ended. In 1919 Armistice Day was proclaimed a National Holiday by then President Woodrow Wilson. In 1954, amended the act that formed Armistice day and replaced the word “Armistice” with “Veteran”

Every year on 11 November we honor our United States Military and all those men, women and K9’s that served our country.

“Generation after generation—from Bunker Hill and Bennington to Baghdad and Abbottabad—protected, defended, and preserved the principles and ideals that define our democracy. Across that remarkable sweep of history, today’s America was shaped at Lexington and Concord, Antietam and Gettysburg, in the skies over Midway, on the beaches of Normandy, in winter’s grip at Chosin Reservoir, in the heat of Ia Drang Valley, from the Persian Gulf into Afghanistan and Iraq by those who wore our Nation’s uniforms. Over twenty-two million living Veterans today embody our exceptional character and values as a people—each a line in our Nation’s history, but together many chapters towards today’s future.”- Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki

The United States has been using Military War Dogs since WWI. Today there are an estimated 2,300 Military War Dogs in service with all branches of the Military. They save lives everyday. Follow Me Dog Training LLC honors all the K9 veterans past and present that have kept our country free.

We also honor the men and women that have served our country. In doing so I would like to offer up a couple resources that you might be interested in to learn more about, or to help our Veterans.

The book Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him by Former US Army Captain Luis Carlos Montalvan is one of the most amazing books I have read in years. I did a review of the book in July of 2011. Pick it up, you wont regret it. Give it to friends and family. I recently had a conversation with a USMC veteran and he mentioned that Captain Montalvan’s story is so very true to many returning wounded warriors.

Recently I had the opportunity to do some work with a service dog company, Semper FidoThe Mission of Semper Fido’s program is to unite wounded warriors suffering with PTSD with homeless, rescue shelter dogs, who are evaluated and deemed viable, to nurture a healing and rejuvenating bond between the two. The result is a positive, non judgmental, unconditional relationship desperately needed by both. I had the privilege of meeting three of the wounded warriors that would be joined with their service dog upon finish of training. It has been proven that Working Support/Service Dogs make the lives of our wounded warriors 10 times more manageable. Semper Fido has my complete support and I hope you will research them and support them as well.

 

For a year, Follow Me Dog Training LLC, supported a friend of ours that was working with the NATO Military War Dogs in Northern Afghanistan. Since his safe return from deployment, I have gone back to helping our Military War Dogs by supporting the Space Coast War Dog Association. The routinely send care packages to our troops and their K9 partners.

Take some time out of your day tomorrow and thank a Veteran!

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