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Posted on Sep 19, 2014
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SGT Steve Oakes
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They serve with us they should go home with us! When they are taking bullets for humans or dragging one of us out of then line of fire when wounded. We do not see a dog but a fellow service member coming to our aid. They should be treated as such when they retire! IMHO.
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SSG Brad Shepherd jr
SSG Brad Shepherd jr
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Damn right they should.Live out their years happily ever after just like we'd like.
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Agreed completely!
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SFC William "Bill" Moore
SFC William "Bill" Moore
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They are Service Members, and have a proven track record of being trainable. If required, re-train them, we owe them at least that much. Then give them an easy retirement.
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MSgt Electrical Power Production
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Nobody left behind including our four legged comrades.
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Cpl Brett Wagner
Cpl Brett Wagner
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Don't know about that, but I would love to get one. We have five, yeah I know insane but my wife would get more if I let her.
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I'd take one. 
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MSG Reid Stone
MSG Reid Stone
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I/we would take one without a question, especially a Belgian Malinois. Great dogs, we had one for 10 yrs before he died last yr. He was non police/military, family dog with championship lineage and was a wonderful family dog. Let the handlers have them when done with military service if they want them!! That is the least our govt can do for the dog and the handler.
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Lt Col John (Jack) Christensen
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CPO Jon Campbell
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The military policy is at odds with how working dogs are treated in police departments and with how dogs and other military animals have been treated historically. Working dogs in police departments are usually transferred to their handlers upon retirement.
Let a reporter get some video of a dog left behind and see what kind of backlash it creates. Even if it is not a common practice, it only takes one incident to make a PR nightmare.
Animals have always been a part of the military and should always be afforded the proper dignity and respect that is due for their service. It dosen't matter if it is a working dog, a pack mule, or a carrier pigeon, humans have a responsibilty treat these working animals right. It also shouldn't be a partisan political issue.
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SGM Erik Marquez
SGM Erik Marquez
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Just for clarity sake.. US GOV MWD are not currently left in country ..... have not been since vietnam era.

There have been reports of contractors leaving dogs behinds....and while wrong... unless the contract is written as such they MUST return dogs to the country of origin... it is what it is.
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