We just wanted to give our supporters a heads up on what has been happening behind the scenes.
In mid-March, we submitted our rebuttal to the Air Force Report on the TEDD Program Adoptions. Our contact at the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) has distributed it to the necessary parties, and from what we hear – more Congressional representatives are asking to read it. This 38-page document gave detailed rebuttals to the many claims by the Army’s Office of the Provost Marshal General and provided many links to our documentation on the adoptions. At this time, we have not heard back on our rebuttal, but hope it will have an impact.
Additionally, we are still awaiting the DoD Inspector General’s assessment of the TEDD adoptions that we expected in March. My contact at the HASC believes it will be released in the very near future.
One of the TEDD handlers, Ryan Henderson, filed a lawsuit in late April against the family who adopted his MWD Satan T383. We fully support Ryan’s efforts to reunite with Satan. While we are empathetic to the adoptive family, the truth is that they were well aware in late November 2014 that handlers were searching for Satan. We are hopeful that he and the family can come to a resolution on this matter.
The simple fact is that the dogs are not getting younger. As each day passes, it’s easy to get discouraged. We will not give up until every avenue is explored to get justice for these handlers. It’s in the hands of the DoD Inspector General, Congress, and even the courts at this point. We continue to reach out to the media, and they are also seeking interviews and stories from handlers.
We continue to hope that families and agencies who have these dogs will reach out to us or the handlers to give them the reunions they so deserve. While over 3 years has passed, these dogs will remember their handlers. And the handlers need closure to know what happened to their battle buddies.
Justice for TEDD Handlers is still made up of volunteers who are dedicated to doing what we can to find dogs for handlers (including those from the USMC IDD program) and hopefully at least get photos and updates – and yes, reunions.
Thank you for your continued support.