After many years of hard work, passing of a congressional law,the support of corporate sponsors andmany people and organizations, the national monument was fully funded ($2 million dollars) and ceremoniously unveiled on October 28, 2013 at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. It was an historic event with all the pomp and circumstance one would expect, and attended by over 1000 people and some dogs. This American treasure (3000 square feet of granite and bronze statues) is now accessible to the public, so please bring your family and the dog!
My passion for a national monument to honor America's military working dogs and handlers is anchored in my service as a U.S. Army infantryman and German Shepherd Scout Dog Hander during the Vietnam War (1966-1968). I had the honor of handling Scout Dogs’, Timber and Clipper, and a Sentry Dog named Hans. I was wounded twice during combat operations and the recipient of the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Legion of Merit medals among other service related medals and citations.