How We Remember
For a very long time now countries have used memorable people, national monuments, and some picturesque plants and animals to decorate their outgoing snail mail.
However it seems a new favorite has made its way to the US Postal Service: American working dogs!
Honoring The Dogs Who Served
On August 1st 2019, after much anticipation, the US Postal Service finally released their stamp collection featuring military dogs.
Released first in Omaha, Nebraska, these fun new stamps feature four prominent canine breeds who typically serve in the military alongside soldiers. The featured breeds are: German Shepherd, Belgian Malinois, Labrador Retriever, and the Dutch Shepherd.
The stamps can now be bought for 55 cents each or $11 for an entire postage stamp book at the official U.S. Postal Service website.
Dogs In The Armed Forces
According to CNN, there are an estimated 2,300 dogs working at U.S. military bases all around the world. American soldiers first started using dogs during the First World War. Since then they have been performing a variety of dangerous tasks. Military dogs are the elite among trained dogs.
“These military dogs and search-and-rescue dogs are putting themselves on the line. They’re out in the front lines.” – Diane Whetsel, head of the Sage Foundation, in an interview with CNN.
The Sage Foundation is an organization that provides aid towards the medical expenses of military dogs.
Today military dogs are used in search and rescue for injured military personnel, used to boost moral, and assist military soldiers side by side in active combat situations.