Four incredible dogs were honored recently on Capitol Hill for the K9 Medal of Courage, the nation’s highest honor for military dogs. The award is given for extraordinary valor and service to America.
“It is important to recognize and honor the remarkable accomplishments and valor of these courageous canines,” said Rep. Gus Bilirakis, co-chair of the Congressional Humane Bond Caucus, which hosted 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.”
Matty, a Czech German Shepherd; Fieldy, a black Labrador retriever; Bond, a Belgian Malinois; and Isky, a German Shepherd, were awarded the inaugural American Humane Lois Pope LIFE K-9 Medal of Courage. These four heroic dogs served in Afghanistan and are still playing valuable roles back home.
Matty helped find hidden improvised explosive devices and is credited with saving the life of his handler and the lives of his unit more than once.
Fieldy saved lives by tracking down explosives and served four combat tours in Afghanistan.
Bond worked more than 50 combat missions and was deployed to Afghanistan three times.
And after years of guarding leaders as well as the military, Isky now works as a service dog after being struck and injured by IEDs.
His handler, Army Sgt. Wess Brown, was also injured in the field. Brown said today that Isky was helping him away from the battlefield.
“He saved me,” Brown said of Isky. “He brought a lot of people home and he brought me home. … He’s my dog for PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) now and I feel I help him out a lot. … Even though we do get on each others’ nerves sometimes.”
Brown said that Isky was his buddy.
“I feel safe with him every time we go anywhere,” Brown said. “That’s why he’s around.”
Thank you to all veterans, active military and the loyal military dogs for your service!
Source: ABC News