It's important to remember that some of nation's greatest heroes walk on four legs.
To this day, service dogs have saved over 10,000 American lives
But their assistance to US soldiers goes far beyond the front lines.
Having a canine partner while in the service can help soldiers get through the toughest of times.
And after the heroes return home, dogs have been shown to give a sense of safety and security to those suffering from PTSD.
They provide a quiet sense of understanding and compassion that can't be expressed with words.
The soldiers' bond with their war dogs is unmatched-- a connection between man and beast in a world where nothing is guaranteed.
They stand by each other as brothers and sisters, as fellow warriors, and as friends.
After the war abroad is over, many of them come home to face the internal battle together.
Come hell or high water, the partners stay by each other's side until the very end.
Nothing can stop this team.
Some of the dogs are introduced to the war.
Others are born into it.
But none of them will have to face it alone.
Just like their human counterparts, they face every day head-on, teeth bared, ready to take on whatever may come.
But when the dust settles, these brave warriors are still man's best friend.