This photograph taken July 24, 2011 shows US Army Sergeant Nathan Arriaga of the US Forces Afghanistan K-9 unit, sleeping with Zzarr, a 6-year old Dutch Shepherd at the Forward Operating Base Walton before a patrol mission in the Arghandab district. Zzarr who has a rank of Staff Sergeant is a military working dog trained to detect bombs and improvised explosive devices (IED) and currently deployed in southern Afghanistan saving lives of coalition forces in its war against Taliban insurgents. Both Zzarr and K-9 handler Sgt. Arriaga did their first combat duty in Iraq in 2009. AFP PHOTO / ROMEO GACAD (Photo credit should read ROMEO GACAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Great news has just been revealed for every military dog and member. The 2016 National Defense Authorization Act has passed a bill mandating that all military dogs be brought back to the United States after retirement. The bill was signed by both sides of the house of representatives, the senate, and even President Obama!

In addition to just bringing the dogs home, the handlers and handlers families will get priority over the dog if adoption becomes necessary. We’ve brought you countless stories of military members reuniting with their dogs after countless weeks of jumping through hoops, but now that’s done!

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A stunning fact from the American Humane Association says, “it is estimated that each military dog saves the lives of between 150-200 servicemen and women by detecting IEDs and hidden weapon caches.” These dogs are also our soldiers and they deserved to be brought home!

According to Dr. Robin Ganzert, American Humane Association President and CEO, “This is a momentous day for all veterans. We applaud Congress and the president for passing and signing the bill with the language we provided, and stepping up for our brave K-9 Battle Buddy teams who have benefited, and will continue to benefit, from their service together.”

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Most dogs will not return from the foreign land. They are instead left to fend for themselves or worse. Now, dogs will not only be brought home to America, but they will also be offered a military funeral just like our military men and women.  The video below shows how beautiful a dogs funeral should be. This new legislation is finally treating our military dogs with the dignity and respect all our soldiers deserve!

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