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Support USMC K-9 Combat Veteran MWD Sgt BeycoCoral Anika Theill for Salem-News.com
SUPPORT Sgt Beyco by submitting your VOTE at www.herodogawards.org for BEYCO. Sgt Beyco is listed in the Military Dog Category.
(LOUISVILLE, KY) - Marine Corps MP Explosive Detection Dog and Military Working Dog Sgt Beyco, a K-9 Combat Veteran, has entered the 2012 American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards Contest and needs your support and VOTES. MWD Beyco worked and gave her whole life to the MARINE CORPS and was honored to be a MWD MARINE. She retired November 10, 2011 at Cherry Point, North Carolina. She now lives in Louisville, Kentucky with her handler, Joe Kelly Sturm, who cares for her medically and also provides her with lots of love, patience and comfort.
"Sgt Beyco is my hero," says Joe Kelly Sturm. "She is retired now and living a comfortable dog's life. She suffers from back and digestive problems. She also has PTSD and requires expensive medication, but I knew that when I adopted her. She is the only K-9 Veteran member standing with the Kentucky Patriot Guard http://www.barnbunch.com/id2.
"SGT BEYCO is a combat veteran who served two tours in Iraq 2005-2008. She has eight medals and ribbons, ten Letters of Appreciation and a Letter of Accommodation for her second Tour of Duty in Iraq. She worked four Secret Service missions, teamed with the U.S. Marshall's and other police agencies and is credited for finding numerous weapons, IED's, and ammunition. She is a MARINE K-9 Hero. As a K-9 warrior, she is worthy of this award. Please help us WIN!
"We entered the 2012 American Humane Association Hero Dogs Award Contest www.herodogawards.org/vote/?
American Humane Association's Hero Dog Awards™ were created in 2010 to celebrate the powerful relationships between dogs and people, to serve as a catalyst to advance society's understanding of the human-animal bond. Dogs are an invaluable part of our lives every day; as companion animals, service and therapy animals, animal soldiers, police officers and first responders and emerging heroes. American Humane Association advocates for the American values of caring, compassion and hope. The first annual star-studded awards show, held in October 2011, and hosted at the Beverly Hilton Hotel by Carson Kressley, is a new and ambitious effort to continually recognize “ordinary dogs that do extraordinary things.”
SUPPORT Sgt Beyco by submitting your VOTE at www.herodogawards.org/vote/?
*Exclusive Interview with K-9 War Hero USMC MWD Sgt Beyco (Woof)
"After serving in the Marine Corps for ten years, I am retired now but still serving this great nation," says Sgt Beyco. "I live with my handler, Joe Kelly Sturm, a disabled Vietnam veteran, U.S. Army 1968-1972. We stand together as members of the Kentucky Patriot Guard Riders. I am one of only two K-9 veteran members in the nation, as I know of now. Since my retirement, I keep busy visiting schools, hospitals, prisons, rescue training programs, wounded warrior dinners, VFW and veterans functions. I was the only war dog in the first Welcome Home Iraq Veteran's Day parade in St Louis, Missouri. I enjoy telling my story and the stories of my fellow Military Working Dogs and informing others of the important and valuable work we do for our military and the lives we save. I love children and people. I love attention period! I am enjoying my retirement and am getting plenty of rest, exercise, care, love, attention and couch time.
"I was born in Germany December 2001 and brought to Lackland AFB in 2004. I worked and gave my whole life to the Marine Corps. I graduated from the University of Defeating Terrorist Iraq 2007 College: Finding Anything that Explodes and the Wires that Detonate Them. I received an Explosive Detection Master’s Degree. My Kennel Master said I was best Bomb Dog he ever had at Cherry Point, North Carolina. During my service, I brought two handlers home from a war zone to their loved ones. While serving in the Marine Corps I earned the Combat Action Ribbon, the Navy and Marine Achievement Medal and Iraq Campaign Medal 3-Stars, a Certificate of Commendation for my second deployment and ten Letters of Appreciation. I was also awarded the United States War Dogs Association Medal and Certificate of Service.
"I will smell you long before you see me." - USMC MWD Sgt Beyco, K-9 Combat Veteran
"My Marine Corps handlers were Corporal Aaron DeSalvo and Corporal Stacy Chester. I served in Iraq, Fallujah and throughout the Al Anbar province with both of these fine Marines. It was an honor to serve with them. During my first deployment in 2005-2006 with Cpl DeSalvo, we ran ops with 1st Recon Battalion and FAST Company in Fallujah. I also assisted a few Marine/Army Infantry Battalions. We conducted countless cache and IED route clearance sweeps, building searches and random vehicles searches finding AK 47's and 7.62 rounds. There were a few instances when we came under fire. We had one close event in October 2005. An Army SFC was shot twice by insurgents about five feet away from us during a firefight. In 2006 Cpl DeSalvo and I thwarted an ambush attempt on our convoy. We pulled six insurgents hiding in a canal with weapons, one with a suicide vest, who were trying to hide from my nose. We obtained enough information from the insurgents to conduct a raid later that night. The raid led us to valuable Intel on insurgent activity in that area.
"In 2006 I started working with Cpl Stacy Chester. We deployed back to Iraq in November 2007. We served with USMC units 3/5 Task Force 1/10, Iraqi police and Army. Cpl Chester and I logged over 1900 mission hours. I had a total of six finds including mortars, rounds, fuses and blasting caps. We secured areas to provide local medical care for the Iraqi people including clearing areas to help reestablish daily activities. We were utilized to find high value targets and to clear roadways for units we were attached to. We also worked various vehicle entry control points throughout Al Anbar province.
"In 2008, we returned back to the states. Cpl Chester and I worked at MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina. We worked four different Secret Service missions and teamed with the U.S. Marshals. We also assisted several local agencies with bomb threats at court houses, schools and other buildings. I supported three air shows at Cherry Point as well as multiple VIP searches to include the Commandant of the Marine Corps. I worked almost every day. Thanks Corporal DeSalvo and Corporal Chester. I had a great ride. My watch is done. Now it is time to be just an old dog and enjoy life. That's my story!"
MWD BEYCO H100 Cherry Point March 2005 - November 10, 2011. Sgt Beyco retired on the Marine Corps 236th Birthday. SUPPORT OUR TROOPS and all MWD'S and Handlers.
SEMPER "PAW" - Sgt BEYCO
Sgt Beyco's handler, Joe Kelly Sturm, hopes you will visit Sgt Beyco on her on her face book page http://www.facebook.com/
The 2012 American Humane Association HERO DOG AWARDS site www.herodogawards.org
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Vote for Sgt Beyco from April 1, 2012 through June 30, 2012 - and that's no April Fool's.
THANK YOU ALL - A PAW FIVE FROM BEYCO
Military War Dogs
The military uses a variety of breeds to serve as Military War Dogs. The most common breeds are the German shepherd and the Belgian Malinois. According to a fact sheet from the military working dog unit, the German shepherd and the Belgian Malinois have the best combination of keen sense of smell, speed, endurance, strength, courage, intelligence and adaptability to almost any climatic condition. As of 2011, 600 U.S. Military dogs were actively participating in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Military dogs are relied upon to provide early warning for potential hazards saving the lives of the Special Forces with whom they operate. Military working dogs are capable of achieving over a 98% success rate in bomb detection.
Thanks to a new law in 2000, retired military dogs may now be adopted. WWII Marine War Dog Platoon Leader/Veterinarian, Dr. William Putney, worked to change the war dog adoption law with the help of U.S. Congressman Roscoe Bartlett of Maryland. Prior to 2000, older war dogs were required to be euthanized.
From 1964-1973, America deployed approximately 4,000 war dogs and 10,000 handlers to help defend South Vietnam from invasion from North Vietnam.; the Infantry School at Fort Benning, Georgia. at the Naval Facility, Guam, with replicas at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in Knoxville; the Alfred M. Gray Marine Corps Research Center in Quantico, Virginia and the Alabama War Dogs Memorial at the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile, Alabama.
Military War Dogs provide a valuable service to our nation, displaying dignity, courage, and honor whether in training or operational setting.
The United States War Dogs Association www.uswardogs.org Military Working Dog Adoptions http://www.
Soldier Dogs: The Untold Story of America's Canine Heroes by Maria Goodavage
Soldier Dogs by Maria Goodavage
From Baghdad, With Love
When Marines enter an abandoned house in Fallujah, Iraq, and hear a suspicious noise, they clench their weapons, edge around the corner, and prepare to open fire. What they find during the U.S. led attack on the "most dangerous city on Earth," however, is not an insurgent bent on revenge, but a tiny puppy left behind when most of the city's population fled before the bombing. Despite military law that forbids the keeping of pets, the Marines de-flea the pup with kerosene, de-worm him with chewing tobacco, and fill him up on Meals Ready to Eat. Thus begins the dramatic rescue attempt of a dog named Lava and Lava's rescue of at least one Marine, Lieutenant Colonel Jay Kopelman, from the emotional ravages of war.
Coral Anika Theill, reporter and advocate, is author of "BONSHEA: Making Light of the Dark." Her published works address trauma recovery and healing from post traumatic stress and most recently, wounded Marines, the Warrior Games and Montford Point Marines. Her writings have encouraged and inspired numerous trauma victims and wounded Marines/soldiers recovering from PTS. Coral's positive insights as a survivor have also earned the respect of clinical therapists, advocates, attorneys, professors and authors. Coral Theill believes
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"Those who serve may already know the toll of having to kill or be killed, but civilian society should also recognize that those who go into battle defending our way of life pay a price. As a non-military writer researching the subject of Marines and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury and Suicide Prevention, I feel a deep gratitude to our servicemen and women and believe our society needs to do more to respect, understand and support those returning from deployment in conflict zones. Please share my most recent articles:
The Commandant of the Marine Corps on Post-Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury and Invisible Battle Scars: Confronting the Stigma of PTS and TBI http://www.woundedwarriorregim
Coral Anika Theill’s published book, BONSHEA, has been used as a college text for nursing students at Linfield College. BONSHEA: Making Light of the Dark can be ordered at: iuniverse.com, barnesandnoble.com, amazon.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org