Thousands of canines have been trained at the dog training school in Fort Benning, Georgia. The most common breeds to serve in police-type operations are the German Shepherd, the Dutch Shepherd, and the Belgian Malinois. It is reported that, as of 2011 at least 600 U.S. military dogs were actively participating in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, including a Belgian Malinois who stood with the Navy Seals in the raid of Osama bin Laden's compound. It is said that "no breed of mammal is so diverse as the one that has gained the title of man's best friend."
The Theater of War: What Ancient Greek Tragedies Can Teach Us Today
Much has been written about veterans: their experience after war, suicide and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Veterans are prone to higher risk for other disorders such as drug and alcohol abuse, and mental illness. These problems affect both male and female veterans, and they richly deserve their benefits, not the least of which is rehabilitation of body, mind, and spirit.
Recently the theater director Brian Doerries published a personal account of an innovative public health project that produces ancient Greek tragedies to restore mental health and healing to those affected by war. Cynicism about war is giving way to healing veterans who have never come to terms with their wounds, however expressed.
The Theater of War: What Ancient Greek Tragedies Can Teach Us Today has won high praise for its power to bring the wisdom of the Ancient Classics to the broken lives of veterans, returning soldiers, addicts, tornado and hurricane survivors, and others. To date, Theater of War Productions has presented over 300 performances of Sophocles' plays for wounded warriors struggling under the weight of psychological and physical injuries. The plays help to restore their dignity, identity, and honor. The project "is a testament both to the enduring power of the classics and to the vital role art can play in our communal understanding of war and suffering." The shared pain helps veterans validate the truth of what they have suffered whether it's physical debility, sense of isolation and loss.
Today Americans thank our veterans for their unstinting service whether or not they have served in active duty. They gave themselves for their country. In return, we must care enough to give them our very best.