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Letter: Remember special veterans

March 13, 1942 is the official birthday of the United States K-9 Corps. They served to save and so it is only right to annually honor their service and sacrifice on this date.

Dogs have bled, suffered and died while serving in our wars. Dogs were there in the trenches of France in World War I and the slopes of Iwo Jima in World War II. They served with honor in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan and wherever our country has called them to serve. “War dogs” are no longer just those at “the front” or in the military. Police, customs, border patrol, secret service, airport, FBI and others use K-9 forces daily to protect the homeland. Some even died at Ground Zero.

So on March 13, take a moment to remember those special veterans and their human partners.

Joan Kopacek

VFW Auxiliary President