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Military Dogs Honored During Veterans Day Parade (Video)

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Military Working Dog Ryky

For the first time ever, six retired military working dogs and their handlers will get their own float during this year's America's Parade, billed as the biggest Veterans Day event in the whole U. S. of A.

Joining the doggie heroes on the float will be Army veteran Tracy Marrow (better known as actor and rapper Ice-T), his lovely wife Coco, veterans advocate Lois Pope, and American Humane Association president and CEO Dr. Robin Ganzert.

Ganzert says of the incorporation of military working dogs into America's Parade:

“These dogs are genuine heroes and deserve to be recognized on Veterans Day, alongside the human heroes who have so faithfully served our country.

“We hope that this parade will shine a spotlight on the service of these under-recognized soldiers.”

According to the American Humane Society, the six military hero dog teams featured on the parade saved the lives of between 150-200 service members.

To read about each of the dogs in the Veterans Day parade, click here.

All of the dogs on the parade float are retired, and have been adopted by the soldier or Marine who was their handler during combat. Take a look at the April 2014 reunion between Army veteran Staff Sgt. Jason Bos and retired MWD Cila:

Army vet and dog reunited

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