War Dogs & Veterans
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Ryan Lee, master at arms, and Petty Officer 1st Class Valdo, working dog, sleep on a hospital floor in Kandahar. Valdo and Lee both were wounded by shrapnel in a rocket propelled grenade attach in Bala Murghab District, Badghis Province, on April 4, 2011. Both Lee and Valdo were awarded Purple Heart medals. Valdo fully recovered after five surgeries, served another year, then retired and now lives with Lee in New Jersey. (USAF/Master Sgt. Kevin Wallace
Afghanistan: Dogs of War
Lucca, the military working dog who lost her leg while on morning patrol in Afghanistan, is currently enjoying her retirement in Finland. She will be riding our "Canines with Courage" Rose Parade float, which is honoring military working dogs throughout the country.
Smoky, the World War II Yorkie war hero
Here's something you don't see every day: a soldier dog for the Norwegian military! This beauty's name is Norma. Handler Mikkel Bugge sent us this pic of the two of them because "I am very proud of my dog and the duty she serves. She has been a soldier dog since she was born, and i just wanted to share the picture so Norma could get some notice for the work and training she does for the Norwegian military."