The practically year-old Goldendoodle is as cute as can be. His real name is Brody, but his owner and hopefully soon-to-be therapy handler, Sergeant Amber Knickman, calls him her “Army Brat.” Knickman is completely familiar with wounded warriors and veterans since she is currently a Sergeant assigned to the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment in Fort Myer, Virginia, so she is working to have her beloved dog certified as a therapy dog. That way, he would not only be a comfort to her but to those she is surrounded with as well.
Since Memorial Day is just 23 days away, military supporters are already planning ahead on how to celebrate. “Army Brat” sure should be used as a representative to draw attention to this extremely important American holiday.
Not only should we respect and honor our military personnel for their utter sacrifices, we should draw attention to them for all of the good that they do. A cute puppy dog is the thing to do just that – especially if that canine is donning military gear. No matter if people are dog owners or not, it is very difficult to ignore an adorable furry representative!
As veterans and enlisted military personnel are aware, the life can be quite lonesome. Having a canine companion helps to alleviate the stress – especially when it draws the attention of people within the public eye that could befriend the soldiers (current and retired) and help them through.
The life is not for everyone. It is not until some soldiers return that their loved ones realize just how much these extreme individuals give up so that the rest of us have our freedom. When a soldier loses their life for the betterment of our society, it becomes apparent to more than their family what lengths these impressive individuals are willing to go to for everyone in America.
As an example, Knickman has been stationed in Camp Humphreys, South Korea, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and Camp Taji, Iraq, and now Fort Myer since 2007. Now that she has her Brody. He will be her companion; her home-away-from-home.
Memorial Day is a day that is set aside to commemorate the individual soldiers and other military personnel that sacrificed their lives and died in honor of their country. It would also be nice if we honored those currently serving as well. This really cute pet will help draw positive attention to this most befitting holiday.
While preparing for Memorial Day, make sure that you set aside some time to thank a veteran. Cute pets aside, this day is a very serious day of concern – or should be for every American. Please take time out of your busy schedule to shake the hand of a veteran or a soldier currently serving. Thank them for all they do.