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The Air Force is struggling to find homes for retired military working dogs. Here's how you can help
Seems hard to believe, but the U.S. Air Force says it's having a hard time finding homes for retired military working dogs.
U.S.-trained bomb-sniffing dogs sent to ally Jordan are losing their will to work and dying due to improper care, a recently released Department of State inspector general evaluation found.
The U.S. has been sending these specially trained dogs to Jordan for years as part of the extensive Explosive Detection Canine Program (EDCP). Since 2008, at least 10 of the dogs have died from medical problems. Other canines were found to be living in unhealthy conditions that the IG report characterized as "disturbing."
"Canines lose their effectiveness when their quality of life is poor," the report read.
In 2012, Lance Cpl. Abraham Tarwoe and his dog, Sgt. Yeager, were patrolling the Marjah district of Iraq.
A Marine had been injured by an IED, an improvised explosive device, so the pair were looking for other bombs in the area.
Suddenly, Tarwoe stepped on a buried IED, and it exploded, killing him.
Yeager suffered shrapnel wounds that took months to recover from and cost him part of his right ear.
Ninety-two military working dogs died in Iraq and Afghanistan from 2001-13, according to a study in Military Medicine. Roughly one in four died from explosions, the second leading cause of death after gunshot wounds.
Yeager was awarded a Purple Heart for his injuries after serving three combat tours and over 100 detection patrols.
Now, the 12-year-old Labrador retriever is going to Hollywood, where he will be honored as the nation's top military dog and will compete for the title of American Hero Dog.
It's a doggy dog world for the United States Postal Service.
The United States federal government's independent postal agency officially released a new set of Forever Stamps in honor of the nation's brave and loyal canines with the Military Working Dogs on Thursday.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lifting his thick paw to shake, former President George H.W. Bush's service dog took an oath to serve at Walter Reed National Medical Center on Wednesday, embarking on a new job helping disabled American veterans and active-duty service members.