Special Operations Forces (SOF) dogs are very special indeed. These dogs serve on tours of duty in places like Iraq and Afghanistan and help to detect explosives and intervene when their handler or other soldiers are in danger. Many SOF dogs never make it to retirement because they are killed in action.
A very special statute to honour these dogs has been placed at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Fort Bragg, which has a SOF kennel, is not far away.
When unveiled in July 2013, dog handlers from the various wars including Vietnam and WWII were in attendance. These men have enjoyed a very special bond with their animals and often the handler adopts their dog once it has been retired from active duty.
Handlers who have lost their dog can apply to have a memorial stone placed in the surround of the statue. There is also funding available for handlers to have memorials erected at their home base.
The SOF K9 Memorial Foundation welcomes donations to their cause from military personnel and others who want to honour the service of these remarkable dogs.