About National K9 Veterans Day
National K9 Veterans Day is March 13th. U.S. Air Force Security Forces military working dogs and their handlers work together to provide safety and security at home and overseas. The dogs are capable of a variety of tasks, such as helping handlers hold suspects, locate harmful substances and search vehicles.
K9 Veterans Day commemorates the service and sacrifices of American working and military dogs throughout history. The day honors all service dogs, from military dogs to police and customs dogs to search and rescue dogs to border patrol dogs to veterans’ assistance dogs.
Even though the goal is for K9 Veterans Day to be designated a national holiday, not all U.S. states have yet bought into the concept. New Jersey was the first of 15 states to pass legislation recognizing the day as a holiday in 2010. Florida, Michigan, New Hampshire, Virginia, and West Virginia are among those that later followed. Wisconsin held its first official recognition of K9 veterans in 2015