The reunion was a long time coming. His handler, Harvey Holt, now a local sheriff’s deputy, was his partner for six months in Iraq. That was seven years ago. Holt promised Jackson that if he brought him back safe, he would give the dog a good home for the rest of his life.
Two days after they said goodbye to each other, Holt got a tattoo of Jackson on his leg at the spot where Jackson would sit and heel.
After years of checking on him and trying to get an adoption, Holt finally got that call wanting to know if he still wanted to take Jackson.
Retiring war dogs often have medical issues. Donations from the community will be used to outfit a specialized kennel for Jackson. An account has been set up with the Homes for Heroes fund at a local bank. People have been wiring money from all over the country to help Jackson in his final years.
Logie became emotional as he talked about the Czech Shepherd.
"The trust and bond I built with him is hard to describe. He's my hero. There's really no other word I could say for him. I was hoping for this day for a long time." Source
We have come a long way since the mentality of the Vietnam War. Even though dogs saved thousands of lives, they were considered "obsolete equipment" when they got too old to do their jobs.
Robby’s Law changed all that. Robby was killed by the military even though his former handler did everything to save his life. Robby’s Law, passed by Congress in 2000, allows for the adoption of retiring military dogs.
Today no adoptable retiring military dog is euthanized.