We are still trying to make sure those responsible are held accountable. People involved in the adoptions who knew handlers would want their dogs took dogs for themselves or friends. Dogs were given away, which violates the Convenant Not to Sue form that was signed. Some dogs were appropriately transferred to other military locations, government agencies, and law enforcement, but we would still like to at least get updates on the dogs for their handlers. Ideally, we would appreciate the TEDD handlers to be considered for adoption when the dogs are retired.
In September 2016, the Air Force submitted a report to the House Armed Services Committee as mandated by the pending NDAA for 2017. In March 2017, we submitted a rebuttal to the Air Force report. A separate Department of Defense Inspector General’s Office assessment began in 2016 and was released on March 1, 2018. The assessment confirmed that the Army botched the adoptions for the TEDD military working dogs at the end of the program. Unfortunately, not everything we uncovered was included in the report.
Founder, Justice for TEDD Handlers
Last week, we received over 140 responses to a FOIA request for emails to/from US Army Office of the Provost Marshal General staff regarding the TEDD adoptions. This particular February 2016 email refers to the House Armed Service Committee inquiry. The sender states, “What I have been told is that the coordinating entity for adoption paperwork ‘deleted applications from T.E.D.D. handlers’ because they weren’t familiar with the TEDD program and thought it was a false application. I have been told there may be upwards of 90 soldiers affected by this error.”
We knew many TEDD handlers had submitted adoption paperwork. They told us in great detail of the steps they took to make sure the paperwork was submitted. They were lied to and ignored. No one could call the prospective adopter if unsure if the application was valid?
The Air Force TEDD Adoption Report makes no mention of the 90 adoption forms deleted, and it created the scenario that there were “some/few” forms submitted by interested handlers. This was a cover-up and those individuals who lied to the Air Force investigators should be punished.
We believe this was an outright intentional slight caused by lack of respect by OPMG staff (who included former Military Police biased against the non-MP handlers). One OMPG staffer (contractor Robert Squires) took MWD Kyra5 for himself, and MWD Fistik and MWD Midnight were allocated to Pentagon staffers. Richard Vargus signed off on these two adoptions. Oddly, MWD Midnight went to the same female staffer who answered an email about MWD Gilek when a handler’s wife was searching for her. Thankfully, MWD Midnight was eventually reunited with his handler.
An update to our Air Force TEDD Adoption Report Rebuttal will follow after review of other pertinent info, and this will be submitted to the House Armed Services Committee and Air Force. We are not going away and will continue fighting for what is right.
With heartfelt gratitude and respect, we would like to thank the adoptive family of Satan T383 for their compassion in reuniting Satan with his first handler Ryan Henderson. The Army’s OPMG erred in so many ways with the TEDD adoptions, and we are not giving up the cause for other handlers.
Ryan and Satan are now in Texas after a whirlwind roadtrip to pick Satan up in North Carolina. Thank you to attorneys Marilyn Forbes and Ashley Chase for their legal expertise, kindness, dedication, and determination in making this reunion happen.
Ryan has certainly been our most outspoken TEDD handler in trying to get his dog back. We hope other handlers will be encouraged and other adoptive families inspired in making these reunions happen. These handlers and MWDs deserve it.
Our team has adopted Ryan as our friend, and we are honored to have had a part in helping him.