There now is a Bill in both the NYS Senate and Assembly which would designate March 13th as "K9 Veterans Day". These Bills are in committees at their respective Houses. Please write or call asking that the Chairperson of these committees (which I have listed below) have their committee members vote on this so that it can swiftly go to the Floor for a vote.
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Chair of the Committee on Veterans Homeland Security and Military Affairsin the NYS Senate is Thomas D. Croci
Sample Memo: S03826 Establishes K9 Veteran’s Day on March 13
Senator Kathleen Marchione has introduced a bill S03826 to establish a K9 Veteran’s day in New York State on March 13th each year. This bill was introduced to the Committee on Veterans Homeland Security and Military Affairs, which you chair. We therefore request that you have your committee members vote on this so that it may proceed to the floor for a vote.
Chair of the Governmental Operations Committee in the NYS Assembly is Assembly member Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes
Sample Memo: A02232 Establishes K9 Veteran’s Day on March 13
Assembly member Angelo Santabarbara has introduced a bill A02232 to establish a K9 Veteran’s day in New York State on March 13th each year. This bill was introduced to the Government Operations Committee, which you chair. We therefore request that you have your committee members vote on this so that it may proceed to the floor for a vote.
The Justification for this bill is so eloquent that it must be shared:
“The official K9 Corps was created on March 13, 1942. Joseph J. White, a retired Military Working Dog handler and founder of "K9 Veterans Day," pioneered a nation-wide effort to get the entire country to recognize March 13 as K9 Veterans Day.
Thousands of dogs have served with honor, dignity and valor throughout the history of our country's birth and growth. These dogs have served at many jobs in all of our wars, having been employed by the United States Military from World War I to present conflicts.
To this day, dogs continue to serve on our borders and abroad every day,on both land and sea. Many State residents actively participate in and engage in K9 training and operational activities to assist the United States Military.
Due the current war on terror, such dogs as Customs Dogs, Search and Rescue Dogs, Border Patrol Dogs, Police Dogs, Secret Service Dogs and many more will be included with the Military Working Dogs in this recognition as they also help protect and serve our country.
It is well known that K9 dogs are loyal, loving, and devoted, and that they have knowingly placed themselves in harm's way, making the ultimate sacrifice by laying down their lives for their partners. It is appropriate to honor these dogs and to recognize their contributions by designating March 13 of each year as "K9 Veterans Day."