BENEFITING: Families On The Front Line
Chive Charities Crew wrote -
War & Service Dog Memorial
The creation of a new life-size War and Service Dog Memorial in the Wyoming Veterans Memorial Park has begun! Families on the Front Line and the Wyoming Veteran Memorial Park have partnered with several local organizations in an attempt to raise the necessary funds to complete this historic tribute to all War and Service Dog heroes. However, we had a long way to go. After months of searching for the right partners to help bring this memorial to life, we found Chive Charities, a non-profit organization dedicated to championing veterans and first responders causes. Chive Charities donated $60,000 to the memorial, and partnered with us to launch this flash fundraiser with the goal of raising the last $50,000 needed to make this memorial a reality! As we band together to make this final push, we would be honored if you would join us.
The inspiration for this Memorial is the story of a War Dog: Major Mike‐5, or "Mike". This Belgian Malinois combat veteran completed two tours of duty in Iraq in 2008 and 2009. He was a loyal companion to his combat handler, Green Beret Army veteran Sergeant First Class Matt Bessler of Powell, Wyoming. Man and dog together received two Bronze Star citations as an Explosive Detection Team. Mike found over 2000 lbs. of explosives during his deployment, saving countless military lives. Both soldiers suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. They had each other's backs and the bond ran deep. They made it home safely together; however, in retirement, Mike met an untimely death and was laid to rest with full military honors, befitting the hero that he was. This is just one story of our heroic military service dogs and their place in history.
The use of dogs by the military dates back as far as 600 BC, and war dogs have been a part of virtually every conflict since. War dogs of the United States have a legendary history of bravery and courage on thousands of unnamed foreign fields of battle. These four‐legged heroes are currently employed by all US military branches with duties as scouts, sentries, trackers, mine and booby‐trap detectors, water patrols, search and rescue, and explosive detection.
Additionally, this memorial pays tribute to Service dogs that are recruited into a variety of roles in law enforcement, including search and rescue and special missions, and task dogs that assist their human partners with vision impairments, physical disabilities, and therapeutic needs. Service dogs are often partnered with veterans who have both physical and mental health wounds of war, and help ease their transition back into civilian life.
We are all deeply indebted to these K‐9 heroes and their handlers. This Memorial has been designed and created to recognize and honor all American War and Service dogs and their handlers for their great service and sacrifice.