We celebrate National K-9 Veterans Day with a remarkable and wide-ranging conversation with with former and present military dog handlers from various branches of service. Marine Andrew Kowtko was a dog handler in Afghanistan and Iraq. Andrew walks us through the selection and training of dogs for security-oriented operations, from intelligence to bomb detection. Rick Claggett and Roger Jundt tells us about serving in Vietnam with unforgettable K-9 companions who saved their lives and the lives of others. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Dave Severs talks with us about evacuating wounded dogs from Iraq and Afghanistan. Scott Masters tells us about Soviet Red Army dogs in World War II and a Russian WWII veteran dog handler he knows. And Derek Szmyt introduces us to 15-year-old Iraq War dog Kindi, who became his companion in the Green Zone in Iraq and now lives with him in the US.
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