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Wed, Nov 11 | By Amy Lieberman | 64

Veteran’s Day occurs only once a year, but for some Americans, it’s just another Wednesday, spent honoring soldiers’ sacrifices with an irreplaceable gift: the knowledge that when they return home, their pets will be there waiting for them. more ›

On Veteran’s Day, Honoring Soldiers by Helping Their Pets
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Irineyuma
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Irineyuma
4 years ago

It is a wonderfull program.It is so need.
So program make soldiers stronger and help to organize all better.
I only was surprise,that militaries did not have so program before.
Becouse so program make militaries stronger.

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Irineyuma
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Irineyuma
4 years ago

It is a great program! It is so need.
So program help to the people to be stronger,to make all better.

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Tawny N.
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Tawny N.
4 years ago

What a great program! It would be very hard to leave your pet behind, but even harder to not know you get to come back to them, glad the soliders can at least have that!

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di
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di
4 years ago

so how do you fill out the on line form to volunteer? this is a great program and i know there area 3500 troops getting to rotate out before june here in oklahoma.
some of us would love to help and this would make a great project for the boy scouts, girl scouts or 4-H.

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Judy M.
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Judy M.
4 years ago

Great program. The GIs give up so much to serve this nation, I think they deserve this service so they don't have to worry about their furbabies.

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KARENLOVESLABS
4 years ago

Great program for pets. I wish they had something for the single soldier's kids, though. I know a young man who is having a hell of a time right now. His wife left him with 2 kids and he is in the Army. I assumed the military would help with such matters, but he says he will more than likely have to get a out of the military now. He says he is constantly reprimanded when he has to take off with the kids for sickness and such, but they are not allowed at daycare while sick! He also says there is noway he can leave and go abroad as he has no family that can watch the kids for that long & he isn't going to leave them with just anyone for that long. I guess it doens't matter what you do, as a single parent the odds are stacked against you.

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Lynn
4 years ago

I was a single parent in the Air Force for about 14 years, and had to deal with those same things...Finding child care if you do shift work, is outragiously high, and I had to get a 2nd job to afford that....Then it takes away from the time I wanted to spend with my son. And no, none of the child care providers will take them when they are ill. If you have a decent supervisor, they "try" to work with you, but that's not always an option for them either (as they too have supervisors, who may not be as agreeable). If you have problems getting your kids to the sitters or school, and you are late, you are written up.."period"....It tends to cause quite a few difficulties....I worked 2nd & 3rd shift most of the time, so childcare was outragious for me. But I loved my job....it was the job I was the most proud of in my whole life....But my son had to come first...So I left the military, to be able to take care of him. It's a shame, but it's the hard truth. Tell him, before he decides to get out, to talk to the Veterans social worker, and the base counselor...both of them are supposed to help enlisted & Veterans in these situations....

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Stevecat511
4 years ago

What a wonderful idea! I think it's great that people in the military have a way not to have to give up their pets. It is hard enough to leave home but, giving up something you love so much, makes it that much harder! Kudos to everyone that assists in these programs and takes care of all these pets for the duration of the soldiers' tour of duty. I can only imagine the joy they feel when they go and pick up their furbabies!

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Lynn
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Lynn
4 years ago

I agree Cathy, it really is a great thing they are doing.

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Bowne
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Bowne
4 years ago

What a wonderful program! I never even thought about what happens to the pets of soldiers. I'm glad someone thought about it and is doing something to help. Kudos to those to arrange everything and those who do the fostering!!

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Lynn
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Lynn
4 years ago

I agree, it really is a great thing

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Al4
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Al4
4 years ago

I really enjoyed reading this story. We need to do whatever we can to help these soldiers when they are oversees.

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Denise L.
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Denise L.
4 years ago

This should've been thought of long ago. Also, what about the dogs that they work with...so many have been transferred to new soldiers, only to find out that the dog won't work with the new soldier because he/she's too loyal to his/her previous soldier. There should be a law allowing soldiers to bring home their owrking dogs & any abandoned pets they find overseas.

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Irineyuma
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Irineyuma
4 years ago

Denise I totally agree with you.
It is all will help to make militaries stronger and to organize all better.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

it should be a given that our troops should not have to worry about what is going to happen to their pets

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Stephanie
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Stephanie
4 years ago

This is a wonderful thing. I know if I had to leave for a long time I would want my pet to be well taken care of.

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Katie M.
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Katie M.
4 years ago

I agree, I would want my pets to be taken care of also.

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Lynn
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Lynn
4 years ago

I agree, that it really is a great thing they are doing

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Lynn
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Lynn
4 years ago

What an absolutely wonderful thing they are doing....I wish my place was bigger, and I could help out too....This group is doing something that gives these soldiers a piece of mind they wouldn't normally have without this organization.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

yes lynn it iw a wonderfull thing these people are doing anything that give our troops some peace of mind is a gift to them

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Lynn
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Lynn
4 years ago

You said that right Daryl!!

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Katie M.
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Katie M.
4 years ago

I agree it is wonderful!

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Lynn
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Lynn
4 years ago

It really is

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Kris
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Kris
4 years ago

It is wonderful to see organizations like NetPets, Guardian Angels, and Canine Corps that help military personnel with their pets. It must a great help to have this one less worry to deal with.

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Lynn
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Lynn
4 years ago

I know it is a great help to these soldiers in doing this....i'm so very glad they are doing this.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

kris it is absoluty terrific for groups like this to give something back to our troups

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Katie M.
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Katie M.
4 years ago

I agree, with everything that they do, they shouldn't have to worry about their pets.

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Stevecat511
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Stevecat511
4 years ago

Kris, I whole heartedly agree! The last thing our soliders need is one more thing to worry about!

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Debby
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Debby
4 years ago

what a wonderful program.. so great to hear about so many people stepping up.. shame on those people that just abandoned their animals.. I don't care if you are deployed or not.. you took on the responsibility of caring for that animal you are responsible for the safety and care for the life of the animal. You find a home

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Lynn
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Lynn
4 years ago

Very well said Debby!

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Stevecat511
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Stevecat511
4 years ago

I agree, Deb! There are too many options to just abandon a pet!

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Debby
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Debby
4 years ago

as horrible as it may be.. I would rather know my animal went peacefully than to be subjected to a slow and possibly painful death on the street. It breaks my heart every time I see an animal on the side of the road. Some of the boxers that come in off the streets are usually war torn and starving.. not too mention the heat out here will kill them and some parts where the winters get unbearable

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Stevecat511
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Stevecat511
4 years ago

It's so sad to think about let alone, see! My heart aches for all those homeless babies out on the streets. However, it aches more for those babies in neglectful and abusive environments as well...

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Katie M.
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Katie M.
4 years ago

This is a wonderful program. I'm sure the soldiers appreciate knowing that their pets are being well taken care of.

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Stevecat511
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Stevecat511
4 years ago

I agree Katie! It makes it better for them by coming home to a familiar loving face!

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Peggy W.
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Peggy W.
4 years ago

This sounds like such a positive program for our military and their pets. I will have to check this out locally.

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Kris
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Kris
4 years ago

I agree. It does sound like a great program.

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Stevecat511
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Stevecat511
4 years ago

Peggy, this is so wonderful! I am thinking they should have a branch in each state! Please let me know what you find out!

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Peggy W.
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Peggy W.
4 years ago

I haven't found out anything yet. I will check again with our local SPCA because with Fort Drum so nearby I am sure they must know something. I wouldn't be able to take another animal because of work and the zoo but I know a lot of other people that might be able to give a home for a deployed soldier. I will let you know what I find out.

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DevilDawg
4 years ago

BRAVO to all involved......this is just wonderful.

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Lynn
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Lynn
4 years ago

I agree, it really is

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

devil and a double BRAVO from me. they deserve anything that can be done for them

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DevilDawg
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DevilDawg
4 years ago

EXACTLY.

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Lilyrose
4 years ago

It is wonderful that there are caring people willing to make sure these pets get homes. No soldier being deployed should have to worry about what will happen to their pet while they are overseas. Kudos to all who are willing to house these pets even temporarily.

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Katie M.
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Katie M.
4 years ago

I completely agree, I'm glad that there are people out there willing to help.

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Kris
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Kris
4 years ago

Well said, Rose. I totally agree with you.

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Lynn
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Lynn
4 years ago

I so agree with you....what a great thing they are doing

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Kavykeeper
4 years ago

It sounds like a wonderful program! I would imagine arrangements would have to be in place to determine what to do in the event of a catastrophic illness of the pet, etc. It would probably be best if the animal was covered under a pet medical insurance policy.

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Momba
4 years ago

A big salute to the organizations that are making this possible! Our troops have enough to deal with and I'm sure that knowing their pets are waiting for them will give them encouragement.

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Lynn
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Lynn
4 years ago

Yes, the do have enough to deal with. I'm just so very glad they have this program.

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Michele Z.
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Michele Z.
4 years ago

It seems like programs like the ones mentioned should have been in place decades ago! Perhaps families were larger in the past and, therefore, there were more family members available to take care of the pets.

These programs should be enlarged to be able to accommodate ALL relevant pets, and government money used to ensure that the pets ARE properly cared for. No one should "lose" a pet because s/he is going to serve and protect our country.

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Irineyuma
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Irineyuma
4 years ago

Michele I totally agree with you.This programm is so necessary.
I only was surprise, that before there was not so wonderful program.
So program make soldiers stronger and help to organize all better.

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Michele Z.
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Michele Z.
4 years ago

Soldiers will perform better and have greater endurance if they don't have to worry about their pets.

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