Story by TIM SULLIVAN
Canines that have been deployed in the service of the U.S.military would be able to be buried at a state veterans cemetery, under a bill that’s been formally introduced by Valley Congressman Vicente Gonzalez.
The bill is called the Sgt. Fieldy Act, named after a black Labrador who served three tours of duty with soldiers in Afghanistan – sniffing out IED’s. In introducing the bill, Gonzalez says Sgt. Fieldy detected numerous explosive devices which saved the lives of many American soldiers. The bill is co-sponsored by two Republican congressmembers from Florida.
The now 15-year-old Sgt. Fieldy is in failing health and his handler, Marine Corps Corporal Nicolas Caceres of McAllen, says the dog deserves a spot in the Rio Grande Valley State Veterans Cemetery in Mission.