CARE PACKAGES FOR MILITARY DOGS - "No one can tell you a dog is man’s best friend like Alan Meeks. While serving in Vietnam, Meeks was saved twice by his German shepherd war dog, Artus — all within eight months…“I’m here today because of my dog. He was a good boy,” he said."
A Vietnam Veteran named Alan Meeks is working along with a non-profit organization called the U.S. War Dog Association, Inc. to send care packages to military dogs overseas and to promote the dogs’ overall welfare. Meeks still remembers his dog, Artus, who saved his life on two occasions. Here’s more from the Kokomo Perspective:
The organization also works to send packages overseas to war dogs and their handlers and to buy equipment for the dogs.
“The military doesn’t always have all the equipment for military dogs. It just depends what unit they’re in, but we’ll buy cooling vests or goggles or booties for their feet,” he said. “We’ll also send out care packages with dog treats, dog toys, things like that.”
Last year, 16,000 packages were sent.
Military dogs in the Vietnam War era have a tragic history. Although some of the dogs were adopted, approximately 296 were killed in action, 600 died from medical issues, and over 2,500 ended up being euthanized. Today, advocates have succeeded in promoting legislation that ensures military dogs will not be put to sleep for unnecessary reasons. Click here for the full story, and here to learn more about the U.S. War Dog Association.