31 Oct '12, 9pm

New US monument honors #military #servicedogs. Do you think man's best friend is overdue for this honor?

New US monument honors #military #servicedogs. Do you think man's best friend is overdue for this honor?

Some cities, cemeteries and military bases across America already have such memorials. But none has been elevated to national monument level, where it will be in the company of the Statue of Liberty, Yosemite National Park and Mount Rushmore National Memorial. In 2000, John Burnam, a 65-year-old veteran military dog handler, wrote a book called "Dog Tags of Courage." A year later, he got an email from a reader wondering why there were no national monuments to the dogs of war. In "Dog Tags" and a 2008 book, "A Soldier's Best Friend," Burnam wrote about his time with the Army's 44th Scout Dog Platoon when he was in Vietnam in 1967 and 1968. His first dog, Timber, was injured in an ambush a few months after they teamed up, so he spent most of his tour with a German shepherd named Clipper. "He saved my life and saved the lives of others by alerting on ambushes, snipers and boo...

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