You may have sent a letter or care package to troops—but what about their four-legged partners? Right now, 12 Tactical Explosive Detection Dogs (TEDDs) are serving with the Ohio Army National Guard’s 37th Brigade Combat Team in Afghanistan. These highly trained dogs, who by tradition hold rank one step above their handlers, search out bombs in combat zones.
“Our job is helping to save lives, and being able to do something that machines or people alone can’t do,” says Spc. Devin Cooper, a handler from Columbus. “When people see my TEDD, they always say, ‘I miss my dog back home.’ It’s just good company having him around.”
Handlers don’t need boxes of doggie gear, but they welcome letters of support for their dogs. Send notes to Midwest Living, Att: Buckeye Brigade, 1716 Locust St., Des Moines, IA 50309. We’ll take care of the rest.