Valley Congress members advocate for military dog to receive military burial
A retired bomb-sniffing military dog who served three tours in Afghanistan is in poor health, but is not eligible for burial at the Valley's veteran's cemetery in Mission.
However, Sgt. Fieldy is getting support.
After first reporting on Sgt. Fieldy last week, Congresswoman Mayra Flores promised to advocate on the issue.
Congressman Vicente Gonzalez said he sent a letter to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs is support of Sgt. Fieldy.
"We have some veterans here in our community that have served with dogs that are real heroes that have been in two or three war tours, and we think they should have a finally resting place along with veterans at veteran graveyards,” Gonzalez said. “We should treat man's best friend like man's best friend, especially dogs who have served our country."
Gonzalez said he hopes to get a bill passed to secure burial benefits for military dogs and name it after Sgt. Fieldy, who is still alive.
A spokesperson for Flores said she is still looking into the matter.
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