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The Senate has passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2017, Senate Bill 2943, with a vote of 85-13.
It is highly likely that the President will veto it since this relates to defense spending, citing opposition to key provisions on acquisition and cybersecurity policy, among a litany of other objections. Regardless, we are confident that the TEDD adoption investigations will take place.
The NDAA for Fiscal Year 2017 in its entirety:
(go to page 104 for SEC. 337. TACTICAL EXPLOSIVE DETECTION DOGS – this relates to contracts):
CURRENT STATUS: https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/2943
The House Report in its entirety: https://www.congress.gov/1…/crpt/hrpt537/CRPT-114hrpt537.pdf – the TEDD adoption portion starts on page 130. There is also a section on End-of-Service Veterinary Care for Military Working Dogs that starts on page 134.
The Senate Report in its entirety is available at https://www.congress.gov/114/crpt/srpt255/CRPT-114srpt255.pdf – the TEDD portion starts on page 85.
Our fight for justice for the TEDD handlers has cleared a huge hurdle today by being included in the Report of the Committee on Armed Services House of Representatives on H.R. 4909 for the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017. This will require a vote in both the House and Senate before proceeding to the President for his signature.
This email we received from http://armedservicesforms.house.gov/news/email/show.aspx… includes links for tracking.
For your convenience, we are including a screenshot of the TEDD adoption portion. The Report in its entirety is available at https://www.congress.gov/1…/crpt/hrpt537/CRPT-114hrpt537.pdf – the TEDD adoption portion starts on page 130.
Thank you to Chairman Thornberry, the House Armed Services Committee, Representative Hudson, Senator Burr, Senator Tillis, and staff for wanting to help the TEDD handlers and their MWDs!
Stay tuned for developments as we find out more.
Although the Department of Defense claims that handlers adopt their MWDs in 90% of the cases, for the TEDD handlers, the reunion at the 2/10/14 adoption event equated to approximately 2 to 3%, and even those, apparently, were not through the efforts of OPMG.
Handlers have relayed stories with different plots, but the final scene was always the same: no one knew which form to send, where to send it, or if they were told where to send it, it was deemed the wrong place. No one gave guidance; no clearinghouse for adoption information was created; no one answered the phone, if calls were made. Lackland would point handlers in another direction. After the 2/10/14 adoption event, those handlers who did call the Pentagon or Richard A. Vargus, HQDA MWD Program Manager, were told lies on the status of their battle buddies. Hiding the fact of the location of the dogs and who had “adopted” them became the apparent focus after successfully keeping the TEDD handlers from the adoption event.
Dozens and dozens of dogs went out the doors of the sub-contractor, K2 Solutions, in February 2014 at the adoption event conducted by the Office of the Provost Marshal General. At this time, we know of only two MWDs that went to former handlers. They learned of the event via someone who was not in the OPMG hierarchy. The reference to 10 USC § 2583 was stripped from the adoption form by using an outdated form (not the standard AFI23-126 packet), and dogs were given without charge to private companies, friends and associates of the adoption officials, military friends and subordinates, sub-contractor employees, and individuals representing themselves as law enforcement representatives, when they were getting a trophy dog as a pet. Not a scintilla of background information was reviewed or checked, which, we believe, played a part in the death of one MWD a month later.
Because this adoption event was so flawed and perverted from Congress’ and the American public’s preferred outcome, we feel the only proper action would be to void all the adoptions.