Four brave military canines have been awarded the newly instated American Humane Lois Pope LIFE K-9 Medal of Courage for their service to our country.
German shepherds Matty and Isky, along with Belgian Malinois Bond and black Lab Fieldy, all served multiple tours of duty in Afghanistan, where they risked their lives to protect their fellow human soldiers.
Matty and Isky helped track down hidden explosives; Bond was part of 50 combat missions; and Isky served as a guard to military leaders. Isky is now retired from the military, after being injured by an improvised explosive device; he currently works as a service dog.
“Soldiers have been relying on these four-footed comrades-in-arms since the beginning of organized warfare, and today military dogs are more important than ever in keeping our service men and women safe,” said the American Humane Association’s President and CEO Robin Ganzert.
Please join me in saluting these courageous canine soldiers for their loyal service to our country.