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ICYMI: Bilirakis Honors Brave Military Dogs

July 19, 2016
Press Release

Last week, we held an important event to honor our nation’s brave military dogs. As co-chair of the Congressional Humane Bond Caucus, and Vice Chair of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, I understand the important bond between our military dogs and our Veterans. 

Military dogs have saved countless lives in the fight for freedom by helping locate enemy positions, engage the enemy, and sniff out deadly IEDs and hidden weapons. Last year, we worked to bring these K-9 warriors home after their tours of duty are over, and reunite them with their hero handlers to enjoy the happy, healthy retirements they deserve.

This year, we recognized their extraordinary service to our country by awarding them with the K-9 Medal of Courage. I am proud to have been a part of this important ceremony.

Check out the stories highlighting this event:

4 Canines Given Top Military Honor for Their Service


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Hero Dogs Honored on Capitol Hill With Medal of Courage

Four retired military working dogs were presented with special medals to commemorate their service on Capitol Hill this week.

The dogs received the American Humane Association’s K-9 Medal of Courage during the ceremony. The dogs were given the medals by a collection of military officials and more than a dozen congressmen. A crowd of staffers and military members watched the proceedings from the packed foyer, with dozens of onlookers overflowing into the hallway….

“It is important to recognize and honor the remarkable accomplishments and valor of these courageous canines,” said Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R., Fla.), one of more than a dozen members of Congress to appear at the event. “By helping locate enemy positions, engage the enemy, and sniff out deadly IEDs and hidden weapons, military dogs have saved countless lives in the fight for freedom.”

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Hero military working dogs honored on Capitol Hill


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Four U.S. Military Dogs Receive Nation's Top Honors for Valor at Inaugural American Humane Lois Pope LIFE K-9 Medal of Courage Awards

A Czech German Shepherd who sniffed out improvised explosive devices while also coming under and surviving enemy fire in Afghanistan; an athletic black Labrador retriever who served four combat tours in Afghanistan where he detected explosives and provided emotional support for his human comrades; a brave Belgian Malinois who worked more than 50 combat missions, saving countless lives of U.S. troops; and a regal German Shepherd who safeguarded four-star Generals and political personnel, including the President of the United States, during their visits to troops overseas but who also lost a leg when a 120-pound bomb he detected exploded, have been chosen as recipients of the inaugural American Humane Lois Pope LIFE K-9 Medal of Courage…

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