On Tuesday November 11th, Veteran, Rapper & Television Star Ice-T & his wife Coco joined Veterans Advocate Lois Pope and Robin Ganzert, PhD, President & CEO of the American Humane Association as they honored four-legged military heroes during the 2014 Veterans Day Parade in NYC.

Coco and Military Dog

Reuniting military dogs with their veteran soldiers is just one of the many programs underwritten by American Humane Association, the country’s oldest child & animal welfare organization.

Ice-T and Coco with Military Dogs

“The thousands of dogs who serve in our nation’s military have sacrificed so much,” said Mrs. Pope, who founded and chaired the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial that was recently dedicated in Washington, D.C., and underwrote the effort to include these military hero dog teams in this year’s America’s Parade. “They are often the first line of defense, sniffing out bombs, mines, and other explosive devices. As they did on the battlefield, they can save lives here at home, just by being a companion to the veterans with whom they served. I’ve witnessed the profound impact that these dogs can have on them. It is my honor to support the efforts of American Humane Association, its K9 Battle Buddies program and its participation in the Veterans Day parade.”

Lois Pope, Robin Ganzert, Ice-T and Coco

“I served in the Army and know the life-saving heroism of these dogs,” said Ice-T. “It is time that we recognize both our human veterans who sacrificed so much and our four-legged veterans who save lives on the battlefield – and at home – every day.”

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