Military Working Dog Teams National Monument
My wife Megan and I were honored this fall to attend a fundraiser in support of the Military Working Dog Teams National Monument.
What a great idea! A monument for our dog teams isn’t just an idea any longer.
Congressman Walter B. Jones of North Carolina initiated Congressional legislation for a national monument for military working dogs, It passed the U.S. House and Senate and was signed into law by President George W. Bush on January 28, 2008. Raising the public funds needed to make it happen is now a critical objective.
“It is the first time in the U.S. military history that the U.S. Congress has elevated an animal, a dog, to national monument status by law, and the only National Monument featuring a current day dog handler.” John Burnam, President of JBMF.
At the fundraiser we had the honor of meeting a real American hero, MSG (Ret) John Burnam, author of Dog Tags of Courage and A Soldier’s Best Friend. John has also been featured in the History Channel’s War Dog special. He is a highly decorated Vietnam Veteran and tireless advocate of our Military Working Dog Teams. If you are interested in learning more about the monument check out the Military Working Dog Teams National Monument website or Facebook page.
Be sure to check out their bronze art work. You can order replicas of the monument.
Below is another cool photo I took of a dog team training for a deployment to Afghanistan. That pup looks excited to get to work! He looks like John’s dog Clipper from Vietnam.