‘Walter Reed’ for combat dogs opens at Lackland Air Force Base

Dog handler James Stegmeyer works with Kamilka at the new Military Working Dog Center
Dog handler James Stegmeyer works with Kamilka at the new Military Working Dog Center

By MICHELLE ROBERTS, Associated Press Writer

SAN ANTONIO – A new $15 million veterinary hospital for four-legged military personnel opened Tuesday at Lackland Air Force Base, offering a long overdue facility that gives advanced medical treatment for combat-wounded dogs.

Dogs working for all branches of the military and the Transportation Safety Administration are trained at the base to find explosive devices, drugs and land mines. Some 2,500 dogs are working with military units.

Like soldiers and Marines in combat, military dogs suffer from war wounds and routine health issues that need to be treated to ensure they can continue working.

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