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The United States War Dogs Association, will give a presentation on the history of these courageous canines.
United States War Dog Association (USWDA) was established in 2000 by 5 dog handlers (Ron Aiello, Bucky Grimm, Bob Cicero, Bob Thompson, and Al Gunderson) who served in Vietnam. Representing the Marine Corps, Army and Air Force, they found a common bond through K-9 and formed an organization to honor war dogs; past, present, and future. USWDA started with a mission of raising money to dedicate a memorial to honor the legacy of war dogs. The USWDA Memorial was dedicated in 2006. During this time, military
working dog teams started deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan so, a new mission was born; support the current dog teams through care packages. Throughout the years, USWDA established new programs to fill in gaps of much needed support to the K-9 community and it typically was initiated from a conversation with current dog handlers. The shared bond between a nonprofit ran by dog handlers and the dog handlers currently serving was instrumental in the growth and development of USWDA. Over the last 21 years USWDA has donated to or gifted K-9 memorials to honor our war dog legacy, shipped over 30,000 care packages to dog handlers serving overseas, and we are currently supporting over 1,000 retired military working dogs through our prescription program. 2021 is a big transition year for USWDA as a new board members have started to phase in which also consist of military dog handlers who served overseas. Please follow us as this journey continues. We are very excited for the future of this organization.
Visit https://www.uswardogs.org/ to learn more about these dogs.