A call to action to the proud and magnanimous American Citizens

In addition to corporates, governments and communities, Non-profit organizations are essential to create progress in any nation. Non-profit organizations attract trust from people due to the fact that they don’t obtain monetary gains for any activities that they perform. As a result, they are able to mobilize and galvanize more people towards a cause.

And yet, Non-Profit organizations have a very obvious handicap. They need financial funding from magnanimous people. Their activities consume resources, be it time, money or labor, and require money. If such organizations aren’t able to raise the required capital, they lose momentum and gradually cease to exist.

It is the same case with Support Military Working Dogs. We are one of the most recognized NPOs in the United States. Our presence in Washington, the capital of the nation, ensures that we get sufficient visibility to gather funding. Additionally, our cause is a national cause and is related to the US Military. You may say we are in a privileged position.

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We normally approach institutions, corporates and even Senate representatives to raise resources. We have infrastructural support from the senate, which ensures we have items such as office space and marketing covered. However, the senate cannot directly assist each NPO on a monetary basis. That is why the nation has corporations.

Corporations have initiatives that are called Corporate Social Responsibility, or CSR in short. CSRs are activities performed by a corporate where they don’t derive any profit from such activities. It is a way to boost their market image and brand power. Corporations that conduct an activity for no apparent profit have a better reception from people.

We approach such corporations on an annual basis to raise funds. American giants such as Google, Facebook and Coca-Cola are known for their generous contributions towards societal causes. They have been proud donors of Support Military Working Dogs. Many of our activities, such as Stubby’s recent anniversary gathering, have been possible because of them.

And yet, we don’t have enough resources to conduct our activities. You may have noticed the various events we conduct on an annual basis. That is why we write this post, to implore the generous citizens of the United States to support us in whatever way possible. Our expenses are not lavish in any shape or form, and even meagre donations go a long way.

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At the end of the day, we fight for a good cause. Just as we recognize and appreciate our soldiers in the battlefield, let us also recognize the unheralded military dogs that fight alongside our soldiers despite a lack of glory and recognition. Support us, make a simple donation. It doesn’t need to money, it can also be your precious time!

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A brief history of military working dogs and their role in warfare

Dogs have been around in the Military for a long time. Humans aren’t always good at all types of tasks and activities, and have engaged dogs to do the work that they can’t. Dogs bring certain qualities due to their genetics.

Dogs in the military goes back to the time of the Pharaohs and the Ephesians. Even during those times, humans had the sense to rely on lesser creatures that had different qualities. At the time, the famed Ephesian Hounds were engaged in war, along with horsemen. Such hounds were gigantic in size and weren’t at risk of being trampled.

Later, post the birth of Christ, dogs were used in warfare by the Egyptians, Romans, Persians and so on. In fact, there is a famous story of a Roman emperor who utilized dogs using guerilla tactics. As the enemies were hiding within caves in unreachable terrains, traditional armies and horses couldn’t be used without determining the exact location. Hounds were able to sniff our enemy positions.

During the Spanish inquisitions, a different breed of dog was used in warfare – the Mastiff. The Mastiff is one of the most formidable species of dogs. Within the family, you have such breeds as terriers, mountain dogs and Pitbull, all of which are great in this application. From then on, terriers became standard part of militaries.

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It was during the two world wars that the use of dogs really became prominent. Till then, they were only sporadically used. During the first world war, dogs were utilized as mascots and for surveillance missions. There is the famous story of Stubby, who was influential in the 102nd infantry to sniff out artillery, gas and other attacks, and give the Americans a crucial advantage.

Naturally, there are tragic stories and those of human cruelty. The Soviet Union has always been known as a ruthless nation, with an army that would go to any means to achieve a mission. True to their nature, the Soviets employed dogs against Nazi Germany during the second world war. Mines were strapped to dog collars and dogs would approach enemy territory, where the mines would explore killing enemy soldiers and the dogs themselves in the process.

Even if you look at the 60s during the Vietnam War, both the Americans and Australians used dogs to sniff out the Viet Kong soldiers. Fast forward to the American invasion of Iraq and the war against Taliban in Afghanistan, and you’ll find out that dogs were employed there too for bomb sniffs.

We should appreciate the rich history and the roles our canine heroes have played in warfare. Humans may be excused for using tactics that brutally harmed the dogs, such as those of the Soviets, as a way to counteract the might of Nazi Germany. No one likes such tactics, but at the time you had to take any possible measure. We salute those that died for the good cause.

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Why the Military remains a symbol of joy and pride in every nation

The Military is always one of the proudest characteristics of a nation. In a way, it is quite ironic. As inherently peace loving creatures, humans are proudest of an organization that wages war. Quite the paradox. Why is it so?

To begin with, the military is not a war waging organization. The Military is the body that “protects” a nation. It is just a matter of perspective. Instead of thinking of them as someone who proactively seeks chaos, you think of them as people who help prevent chaos and protect people. And this is not wrong perspective.

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In fact, the military doesn’t take decisions on its own. Governments take decisions. If the King, President or Prime Minister of a country decides on a specific course of action, the Military is sworn to obey. They are simply obedient soldiers in the war between heads of states. It is this obedience and unyielding loyalty that brings them such plaudits and fanfare.

The American Military is comprised of five branches – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. Each unit has a different set of responsibilities and chain of command. The Army, as we know, protects the land of America, the Navy the waters and the Air Force the Air Space. These are the three main departments that people globally know of.

The Marine Corps take charge of amphibious warfare, meaning a type of warfare that involves land and waters. The Coast Guard performed maritime duty, guarding the coasts of American cities and towns. Both of them work in close conjunction with the United States Navy. Together, they protect America against all possible means and forms of attack.

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Militaries around the world have brought great pride to their nations through victories and prevention of deadly invasions. In a world with such unknowns as terrorism, inter-country annexations and cyber warfare, the Military remains ever so important. No wonder that they are perhaps the most funded governmental organizations, along with education, health and infrastructure.

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