Our hearts are heavy for the families of the men and women of the military who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. Over the decades, Canine team members — trainers and the dogs themselves — have contibuted greatly to our military efforts helping to reduce human casualties. In full force still today, all branches of our Armed Forces use trained military dogs to patrol air bases, military compounds, ammunition depots and military checkpoints. There are approximately 600-700 of these canines in the Middle East in such places as Kuwait, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and Iraq. They continue to guard and protect our military personnel as they were trained to do, with courage, loyalty and honor.