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Too Cute To Be Equipment, Too Brave To Go Down Without A Fight!
  • Petitioning Deborah Lee James

This petition will be delivered to:

Secretary of the Air Force
Deborah Lee James

Too Cute To Be Equipment, Too Brave To Go Down Without A Fight!

    1. Lisa  Phillips
    2. Petition by

      Lisa Phillips

      Converse, TX

Follow the bill on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/MilitaryWorkingDogReclassification

Currently Military Working Dogs (MWDs) are still referred to as equipment. When the military doesn’t need them any more they are considered excess equipment and the military no longer has responsibility for them. They are usually retired for medical reasons. Medical bills for our retired MWDs can be astronomically high.

During the 112th Congress, North Carolina Congressman Walter Jones (R) introduced the House version of The Canine Members of the Armed Forces Act on 28 February 2012 and Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal (D) introduced the Senate version of The Canine Members of the Armed Forces Act on 27 February 2012.

This bill had bi-partisan support, bicameral support and support north & south of the Mason/Dixon Line. The Canine Members of the Armed Forces Act uses no tax-payer money. It does not take away from human Veterans' care.

Parts of the Canine Members of the Armed Forces Act were amended into and passed in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013.

Six United States Senators sent a letter to Leon Panetta, Secretary of Defense urging him to take advantage of the statutory authority they gave him to transport Military Working Dogs to a suitable location for adoption. They encourage him to implement the statutory change allowing him to provide guidance to improve the quality and lower the costs of veterinary care in a manner that allows for nonprofit organizations to execute this provision. They suggest that he provide a letter of commendation to each MWD that identifies the MWD's meritorious service and provide additional recognition as appropriate. All as allowed thanks to the amendment to the NDAA. While not in the NDAA they encourage Secretary Panetta to reexamine the current classification of MWDs as equipment and reclassify them as canine members of the Armed Forces.

Michael B. Donley, Secretary of the Air Force replied to the Senators’ letter. Regarding transportation he indicates that many adopters pay transportation costs. He acknowledges the veterinary care portion. He indicated that he provides letters of commendation to retiring MWDs as warranted. He indicated that MWDs are not referred to or treated as equipment, but did not offer to change the Air Force Manual to reflect that.

On 3 October 2013 we received a copy of a Bullet Background Paper on Military Working Dogs Classified as Equipment. PURPOSE:  “Provide information on AF Classification of military working dogs (MWD) as equipment. SUMMARY:  “Wording contained in AFMAN 31-219 referring to MWDs as equipment is misleading compared to the level of respect military personnel have for their K-9 partners and care given to them. This verbiage is outdated and is being rewritten.  This new, updated publication will indicate the true level of appreciation and respect the USAF has for these valuable members of our USAF team.”

Our current goal is to remind the Air Force that we watching for the updated manual.

 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 9,000 signatures
    2. Canine Members of the Armed Forces Update:

      Lisa  Phillips
      Petition Organizer

      Please keep sharing the petition with your family, friends and co-workers. We are fine-tuning the petition each step of the way. The focus now is on Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James to remind her that we are awaiting the promised revised Air Force manual.

      You can follow the updates at www.facebook.com/MilitaryWorkingDogReclassification

      MWD Thanks on behalf of Retired MWD Gizmo A085, deceased; Retired MWD Bianca W229, deceased; and Retired MWD Rambo N577.

      They are: Too Cute to be Equipment - Too Brave to go Down Without a Fight!

    3. MWD Update:

      Lisa  Phillips
      Petition Organizer

      Please keep sharing the petition with your family, friends and co-workers. We are fine-tuning the petition each step of the way. The focus now is on Acting Air Force Secretary Eric Fanning to convince him to take advantage of what the NDAA has authorized him to do and to use the suggestion of the 6 US Senators and make the reclassification change.

      You can follow the updates at www.facebook.com/MilitaryWorkingDogReclassification

      MWD Thanks on behalf of Retired MWD Gizmo A085, deceased; Retired MWD Bianca W229, deceased; and Retired MWD Rambo N577.

      They are: Too Cute to be Equipment - Too Brave to go Down Without a Fight!

    4. Reached 5,000 signatures
    5. MWD Update:

      Lisa  Phillips
      Petition Organizer

      Please keep sharing the petition with your family, friends and co-workers. We are fine-tuning the petition each step of the way. The focus now is on Air Force Secretary Michael B. Donley to convince him to take advantage of what the NDAA has authorized him to do and to use the suggestion of the 6 US Senators and make the reclassification change. You can follow the updates at www.facebook.com/MilitaryWorkingDogReclassification

      MWD Thanks on behalf of Retired MWD Gizmo A085, deceased; Retired MWD Bianca W229, deceased; and Retired MWD Rambo N577.

      They are: Too Cute to be Equipment - Too Brave to go Down Without a Fight!

      Help Get Military Working Dogs Medical Benefits

      Educate and inform the public about the great service to America and the world these dogs give.

    6. The Bill Was Passed

      Lisa  Phillips
      Petition Organizer

      Both the House & Senate have now passed the Canine Members of the Armed Forces Act by amendment into the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2013. We will be sharing this petition with the members of the conference committee who will combine the House and Senate versions of the NDAA and asking them to use the original wording in H.R. 4103. We also have a petition to the President, to put this on his radar. Please go to http://wh.gov/N8Ca to sign the White House petition.

      Support the Canine Members of the Armed Forces Act, amended into National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 | We the People: Your Voice in Our Government

      we petition the obama administration to: Military Working Dogs are classified as equipment. When the military is done with them, they are excess equipment & there is no further responsibility for them. Their civilian medical bills are expensive.

    7. Update to the Bill

      Lisa  Phillips
      Petition Organizer

      You can view the updated copy of the Bill being drafted and passed through congress on the T.C.T.B.E. Facebook page.

    8. Blumenthal Highlights Strategic Role of Military Working Dogs

      Lisa  Phillips
      Petition Organizer

      This is the article off of Sen. Blumenthal's page. There is a video of the press release, with me in it on our webpage www.csmva.org. Check out our webpage, read whats going on, get a copy of the letter, check out our blog or join our discussion formum! Thank you for your support everyone and our MWDs thank you too!

    9. Blumenthal Highlights Strategic Role of Military Working Dogs

      Lisa  Phillips
      Petition Organizer

      I was honored to be apart of this press release. You can watch the video on my webpage www.csmva.org and read other news clips about what is happening with this bill.

    10. Reached 3,000 signatures
    11. The bill has been drafted by Congressman Jones of NC!

      Lisa  Phillips
      Petition Organizer

      By signing this it will show other Congress Members the American people support this bill!

    12. Reached 750 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • David Cartwright HAGERSTOWN, MD
      • 2 days ago

      I am an Homorably Discharged Military Working Dog Handler. I have been to combat zones with an MWD, they are just like our family pets in EVERY way shape and form. The only difference is that they have specialized training. My previous working dog was so messed up from 8 years of Military service, that his new owners have to pay THOUSANDS in medical care every month for his treatments. My soon to be retired Working dog, has a rare type of Nasal Cancer and will most likely die from it if i cant get hime the proper treatments once i adopt him. They are not just equipment. They are our protecters, partners and more importantly our friends and comfort during the hardest times of a soldiers life.

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    • Gloria Shen ASHEVILLE, NC
      • about 1 month ago

      These are U.S. soldiers, each one responsible for saving anywhere between 150 and 200 human soldiers abroad. Bring them back home. Anything less is a travesty and an utter disgrace.

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    • Diane Casey BILLERICA, MA
      • about 1 month ago

      I have son in Afghanistan with a military dog.

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    • patricia rodriguez SEABROOK ISLAND, SC
      • about 1 month ago

      These animals are NOT machines to be abused and discarded. They are doing an IMPORTANT job in a brave and courageous manner. It's really sad that Military Higher Ups can't recognize the important work these dogs are doing. Maybe the higher ups should try leaving their comfy offices once in awhile and get a clue. Thank you

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    • Alina Lopez Marin SACRAMENTO, CA
      • about 1 month ago

      Because it is the humane thing to do.

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