Confirmed victory
2,417
Supporters

I am writing this petition in hopes of securing an early retirement for Military Working Dog Diego, J385. I started training Diego when he was a 1 year old and we had an instant bond. We deployed to Iraq in 2006 and were responsible for the discovery of over 200,000 lbs of weapons, ammunition and explosives. Sadly when I left the Army early in 2007 I had to leave Diego behind. Diego is now 8 years old and serving as a training aid at Lackland Air Force Base. I have spoken with the 341 TSR/DOLM where Diego is currently kenneled and members of the 341st have been a great help. I was informed, although they could not give me a date as to when Diego would be declared "excess", that many dogs become available for adoption at Diego's age. Given the nature our relationship, being his original handler and suffering from PTSD, I believe it is possible and reasonable to begin the process of retiring Diego so that he can aid in my healing. The average life span of a yellow lab is only 10-12 years. Diego has served for over half his life and it's time for him to come home.

Thank you very much for your help.

Letter to
Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley
U.S. Senate
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Department of Defense, US Air Force, US Army.

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Bring Diego home

I am signing this petition in hopes of securing an early retirement for Specialized Search Dog Diego, J385. Logan Black started training Diego when he was a 1 year old yellow lab and they had an instant bond. They deployed to Iraq in 2006 and were responsible for the discovery of over 200,000 lbs of weapons, ammunition and explosives. Sadly when Logan left the Army early in 2007 he had to leave Diego behind. Diego is now 8 years old and serving as a training aid at Lackland Air Force Base. Logan has have spoken with the 341 TSR/DOLM where Diego is currently kenneled and members of the 341st have been a great help. Logan was informed, although they could not give him a date as to when Diego would be declared "excess", that many dogs become available for adoption at Diego's age. Given the nature of Logan's and Diego's relationship, being his original handler and suffering from PTSD, I believe it is possible and reasonable to begin the process of retiring Diego so that they can both aid in healing each other. The average life span of a yellow lab is only 10-12 years. Diego has served for over half his life and it's time for him to come home.

Thank you very much for your help.
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Sincerely,