"On behalf of the American Battle Monuments Commission, I would like to express my gratitude to K9s Serving Vets (and specifically to Ms. Kira Clark) for helping me understand US Law and veteran sensitivities regarding Service Animals in public spaces. I was working with a small team to develop our policy for how to deal with animals in our overseas American Military Cemeteries, and Kira gave some very expert advice that framed the way we addressed the problem of "emotional support animals" vs "service animals." As a veteran myself, I'm honored to call Kira a friend and colleague, and I am especially grateful that she has dedicated herself to bettering the lives of our nation's heroes. Bravo Kira - Keep it up!! "
~Major Matthew P. Brown, USA, Retired
Assistant Superintendent with American Battle Monuments Commission.
While a service dog assists their handler with daily needs and tasks, at the core of a service dog partnership is the bond. A Soldier who scans every room upon entering to assess threats now feels safe and trusts that his service dog will not lead him into danger. A Marine who won’t leave the house will step outside the door to take her service dog out for bathroom breaks and walks because of the love between them. An Airman who fights falling asleep feels secure that his service dog loves him and will be right there to bring him back from a night terror.
Photo courtesy of paws4vets (right)
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