Every Veterans Day, there is a huge parade to pay respects to the men and women who serve their country. However, this year things were slightly different. It didn’t just include the men and women who serve, but also the doggies.
Fieldy, pictured above served in Afghanistan next to Corporal Nick Caceres.
Dogs lay it all on the line too, it’s great to see people recognizing that sacrifice and paying their respects to it.
Many dogs currently in use in the military are used for their acute sense of smell. Their noses are far more effective than a sensor (and about 7.4 billion times cuter).
Each of the dogs marched beside the handlers they served with.
Axel the military dog.
This Veterans Day is the first year service dogs have been allowed to march in the parade alongside their handlers. The dogs served in either Iraq or Afghanistan, and are now functioning as regular doggies, civilian doggies.
Tommy is a service dog that helps veterans transition back to civilian life.
Many dogs help by assisting the vets after they return home. It can be such an odd shift moving from a life in a warzone, a place where things like rent, bills and the economy mean absolutely nothing to a place where you have all these added stresses that seemed so mundane a short time ago.
Let’s hope this is the first of many veterans day parades involving service dogs, they do some remarkable things, and they deserve our thanks.