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Warrior Dogs Reuniting Veterans With Service Dogs

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WASHINGTON, D.C.- These dogs give a whole new meaning to the phrase "man's best friend."

They are Warrior Dogs, and they served with our soldiers in war zones.

Now the US veterans are fighting to bring these canine vets home.

Thor is a dog, a best friend, and a veteran of the war in afghanistan.

"In Afghanistan he was my everything. All I had for seven months was him. Everyone else was on post or patrol when we had free time so I spent every second of every day with this guy," said retired Marine Sgt. Deano Miller.

There are more than 2,500 American warrior dogs on duty around the world.

But very few, ever making it back to the United States.

Instead, the military leaving the dogs behind in the communities where they served.

"When a military dog becomes a retired military dog, if they're overseas they're classified as a civilian and as a civilian they're not afforded that free military transport home," said Robin Ganzert, President of the American Humane Association.

Ganzert’s group pays to bring warrior dogs back.

"One thing we're going to be talking to congress about today is to retire all military working dogs and contract working dogs on US soil," she said.

And that's why these dogs, and their veteran owners, are marching on Washington.

Many vets wanting nothing more than to adopt the dogs they served with.

Seen here is army sergeant Jason Bos, reuniting with his warrior dog, CiCi.

Sergeant Bos and CiCi were at the capitol.

"Typically dog handlers go in a company or a group and we were attached to big divisions in Iraq," said Sgt. Bos.

Sgt. Bos said saying goodbye is the hardest part.

"It was awful for me but I felt worse for her because she didn't know where I was going. I knew one day that I'd see her again, and it just worked out that I did," he said.

And another reunion, as James Harrington and his dog Ricky, both served in Iraq.

"She was an explosive dog handler for the US Army. She developed K-9 PTSD from deployments. We both suffer from the same issues so her timidness around loud sirens and new people keep her on edge," said Harrington.

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