March 13th is K9 Veterans Day. In observance, we've reimagined our nation's flag as dogs have always seen it, creating a new symbol to honor their service and sacrifice over the years.
To celebrate, we're flying this commemorative flag across the country, including at a special K9 veteran ceremony and exhibit at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, MO.
We want to give K9 veterans the honor they deserve. So we've partnered with Project K-9 Hero, whose mission is to ensure the best quality of life for K9 veterans. Every donation they receive helps with medical costs, food, and end of duty services for K9 vets.
A tracker for the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, Amber was the recipient of the 2016 Tracking Team of the Year for the State of Florida. She’s credited with locating six missing children, 10 Alzheimer’s patients, dozens of firearms and over 100 criminals for felony arrests. Amber retired after losing sight in her left eye while tracking through thick brush. She still lives in Florida, where she receives treatment for both eyes as well as her severe allergies.
Named after a Marine Sergeant Adam Cann, a dog handler who was killed in action in 2006, CCann worked for the U.S. Marine Corps and assisted with many apprehensions, drug finds, and even took first place in the Iron Dog competition held at Lackland AFB in 2012. After sustaining an injury, CCann was forced to retire in 2016. Unfortunately, CCann was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor that needs to be removed, but Project K-9 Hero is providing full financial support.
During her short but prolific career, Lori was a Puppies Behind Bars canine before working with the U.S. Marshals Service. She was involved in numerous searches with local and federal law enforcement agencies, finding hundreds of firearms and explosive components. Her service was cut short due to elbow dysplasia, but she’s receiving treatment and enjoying retirement in Washington.
Niko served throughout Afghanistan, protecting foreign and U.S. dignitaries, including the U.S. ambassador and visiting U.S. presidential details. Performing an estimated 600 missions, Niko never left Afghanistan until retirement. A familiar face in the gym with his handlers, Niko is now staying active during his retirement in Alaska.
Honorably performing numerous combat tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan, Sergeant Yeager served in the United States Marine Corps. In 2012, Yeager was injured by an IED, leading to an early retirement. Unfortunately, the explosion also took the life of his handler. Today, he’s under the care of fellow veteran and Purple Heart recipient, U.S.M.C. Sgt. David Tupper.
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