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Join The Effort To Honor Military Working Dogs

I am asking you to go to your local, state, and federal legislatures and obtain proclamations from them designating March 13 as K-9 Veterans Day.

Every year we get the K-9 Veterans Day into the red zone, but we just can’t seem to take it across the finish line for the touchdown.

Congressman Gary Peters (D-Michigan) came pretty close with H.Res. 740, designating March 13 as K-9 Veterans Day, but the 112th United States Congress will end on January 3, 2013, so the likelihood of H.Res. 740 going across the goal line is pretty slim.                                   

So, I am asking you to go to your local, state, and federal
legislatures and obtain proclamations from them designating March 13 as K-9 Veterans Day.

Then perhaps the 113th United States Congress  might take it across the goal line.

Here is my proposed proclamation for you to use:

CERTIFICATE OF PROCLAMATION

ON BEHALF OF THE PEOPLE OF

I,                     of                   do hereby proclaim

March 13, 2013

and every year thereafter as

K-9 VETERANS’ DAY

 

WHEREAS, military working dogs have been used by the U.S. Armed Forces since World War I, and on March 13, 1942, The Quartermaster Corps of the U.S. Army began training dogs for the newly established War Dog Program, also known as the “K-9 Corps;” and,

WHEREAS, still today, military working dogs serve alongside our men and women in uniform, both on active duty and serving the reserves of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard; and,

WHEREAS, it is only fitting that we remember and honor the dog handlers and their faithful K-9 partners for their service and sacrifice during World Wars I and II, The Korean War, Vietnam War, the Persian Gulf War and many other conflicts; We also honor them for their exceptional service as Police and Secret Service K-9s, Airport, Border Patrol and Customs K-9s, FBI K-9s working to protect our Homeland Security and,

WHEREAS, as a Nation, we are eternally grateful for the noble sacrifices made by our Military Working Dog Handlers, and their K-9 Partners.

WHEREAS, on this day, we encourage citizens throughout this (Great City, State, or Nation) to honor forgotten Hero Dogs who helped and continue to help sustain the protection, safety and freedom of citizens of (City, State, or and throughout the United States;)

NOW, THEREFORE,
I                                 of                                  proclaim

March 13, 2013 and every year thereafter as K-9 Veterans’ Day

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Martha L. Bridges November 14, 2012 at 04:18 PM
I'm a dog lover and have a deep appreciation for the good work that K-9 dogs do in assisting police, military, rescue teams etc. However, there are probably good reasons why you just can’t seem to ' take this project across the finish line for the touchdown.' The dog handlers are already part of groups we honor with special holidays and expressions of appreciation for the work they do as part of being police, military and rescue operations. We need to stop spending the time and money congress and most of the public waste on identifying each and every small group that services within the larger ones we have already set aside for special recognition.
julian November 14, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Can I just say that German Shepherds are great!! Smartest and most loyal dogs I've ever owned.
The Teller of Truth November 17, 2012 at 07:50 PM
There goes Marfa again; NAAAAAAY SAAAAAAAAAYER! I guess the only thing she CAN get behind is Donkey Day! (Has to look at one every day in the mirror ya know!)
jill smith November 21, 2012 at 06:42 AM
Wow Julian, it must be a challenge living in a Manhattan apartment, with a big German shepherd, what a challenge. You do remember telling everyone you live in an apartment in Manhattan, were you off your meds at the time, because if so I will give you a break, truth is I kind of like you, you're entertaining in a very devious way. My relatives live in Manhattan, my uncle has a white bull dog, very happy to sit on his couch and look at the Manhattan sky line, in fact many New Yorkers have bull dogs for this reason, very lazy creatures. You were also very quiet during the New York storms seems you would have lots to say considering the sub way system was closed. Hmmmm Julian have you been busy with those rats, reading, to much Proust again?
jill smith November 21, 2012 at 07:23 AM
I am glad these dogs assist our military men and women, they are my heroes, and I mean that with all my heart.
julian November 26, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Well, it is hard posting anything on the internet when one doesn't have electricity. I ride my bike to work so the subway wasn't much of an issue for me. My apartment is large enough for a shepherd or two and we have dog parks out here too. Yes, bull dogs, particularly french bulldogs are very popular out here.
Sheila Bryan December 09, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Martha you are right! We constantly fall for sentimental explanations of ways to spend taxpayer money. Haven't we learned from the election that there are unintended consequences in Federal Holidays? This administration will leap at any reason to appoint a committee (handsomely paid) to study this idea. Wake up. Sheila Bryan

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