To this day, dogs continue to serve on our borders and abroad every day,on both land and sea. Many State residents actively participate in and engage in K9 training and operational activities to assist the United States Military.
Joseph J. White, a retired Military Working Dog handler and founder of "K9 Veterans Day," pioneered a nation-wide effort to get the entire country to recognize March 13 as K9 Veterans Day.
Due to the current war on terror, such dogs as Customs Dogs, Search and Rescue Dogs, Border Patrol Dogs, Police Dogs, Secret Service Dogs and many more will be included with the Military Working Dogs in this recognition as they also help protect and serve our country.
It is well known that K9 dogs are loyal, loving, and devoted, and that they have knowingly placed themselves in harm's way, making the ultimate sacrifice by laying down their lives for their partners. It is appropriate to honor these dogs and to recognize their contributions by designating March 13 of each year as "K9 Veterans Day."
The Military Working Dog Teams National Monument is a U.S. National Monument located at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. It was founded by John C. Burnam, published author and Vietnam Veteran Infantryman and German Shepherd Scout Dog Handler (1966-1968). The monument was designed by the John Burnam Monument Foundation.