AS OF TUESDAY , DEC 4, A BILL HAS BEEN PASSED BY THE US HOUSE AND SENATE THAT DECLARES THAT OUR MILITARY WORKING DOGS OF ALL BREEDS WILL NO LONGER BE CLASSIFIED AS "MILITARY EQUIPMENT" TO BE LEFT BEHIND IN FOREIGN LANDS...BUT AS MILITARY VETERANS. THESE DOGS NOW WILL BE RETURNING TO LACKLAND AFB , FOR THEIR SERVICES AS US HEROES. THEY WILL BE EVALUATED, AND RETRAINED AND RE-HOMED IF NEEDED.
Army SGT. Joshua L. Rath, 22, of Decatur, Alabama. Died January 8, 2009, serving during Operation Enduring Freedom. Assigned to 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Died of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his dismounted patrol in Maywand, Afghanistan..
The role of the WASP during WWII was forgotten, and they were left out of many official histories of WWII. In addition, they were denied Veteran's status for 35 years, and in 2009, President Obama signed into law a Senate bill providing the Congressional Gold Medal to the WASP.