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Dog Center Europe treats soldiers the canine kind injured in war
Stars and Stripes ^ | Dec 26, 2013 | Matt Millham

Posted on 12/28/2013 11:47:08 AM PST by Innovative

Any servicemember who falls seriously ill or is badly injured in Afghanistan is evacuated to Landstuhl. Any servicemember, that is, except for military working dogs.

What Landstuhl is for humans, Dog Center Europe is to dogs. It’s the first stop for all working dogs evacuated from the war, and like Landstuhl, the center has a local base of patients it cares for, some of them working dogs, more of them pets.

There are hundreds of military dogs at work in Afghanistan. Some, like Tomi, are Tactical Explosives Detection Dogs, tasked with finding hidden bombs and triggers. Some accompany Special Forces on raids to capture high-level insurgents, some sniff out contraband. Still others provide therapy for servicemembers rattled by combat, assuming a role often filled by military chaplains.

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TOPICS: Military/Veterans; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; doggieping; iraq; military; veterans
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1 posted on 12/28/2013 11:47:09 AM PST by Innovative
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To: Joe 6-pack

doggieping


2 posted on 12/28/2013 11:47:36 AM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Innovative

It is great this place exists for our courageous dogs. The care is light years better than the stories I heard from dog handlers from Vietnam and other overseas locations in previous decades.


3 posted on 12/28/2013 11:57:19 AM PST by Liaison
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