We believe the best tribute to these courageous veterans would be to work toward permanent peace around the world. For their efforts to have moved us toward a world where young people and pups are not sent into situations so horrible that they return home broken and haunted by what they have experienced, seen and endured would be a truly suitable recognition of their sacrifice.
The WDA aches for all the children who grew up missing dads or who had parents tortured by mental or physical disabilities and addictions as a result of their service. And for the dogs treated as "equipment" when their service was no longer needed.
We are ashamed and saddened that our damaged vets and those in need have become "forgotten" heroes in our society. And we hang our heads thinking that so many sacrifices have been made only to have this noble land become a the current version of our country--one filled with division and hatred and despair.
Each and every person and animal that has served gets our total and utmost respect. At a time when most citizens will not even get off the sofa to vote, their actions are brave and true in the most real sense of heroism. We will never forget.