Dogs are often noted as heroes in the news, but in this case, army dog handler Sgt. Aaron Yoder took a bullet for his black lab, Bart, during a gun fight in Southern Afghanistan earlier this month. The Taliban has begun to target these soldier dogs because of their amazing bomb-sniffing skills in an attempt to neutralize the effectiveness of IED detection teams. Soldiers have been known to wrap their Kevlar-covered bodies around the dogs to protect these valuable team members.
Sgt. Aaron Yoder being airlifted with war dog Bart after being shot in his right leg. Photo: Baz Ratner/Reuters.
Yoder was shot in the leg and was successful in protecting Bart from injury. Sgt. Yoder has been transported to Texas where he has undergone six surgeries. According to the Facebook page that has been set up to share updates, Bart has arrived in the United States, but has not made it to San Antonio to be reunited with Aaron as of 04/24/12. Visit the Aaron and Bart Updates page on Facebook to learn more and share your support.
Update 05/03/12: Sgt. Aaron Yoder and Bart are Reunited!