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Medical Records And The Military Records

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him stretch his legs for about half an hour he was loaded into the vehicle for the drive back to Fort Bragg. Scott went to the attending Soldier and asked what more needed to be done. The Soldier handed him Baks medical records and a plaque presented to him by the unit, said “He’s yours,” and that was it. No paper work to sign, no hand receipt; just a dog, a crate, a muzzle, and some medical records. Not even a list of commands Bak could follow. As was stated before, MWDs are equipment by military standards and the army will do the absolute minimum to insure they can continue to work. Over the next three months the family spent almost five thousand dollars to determine what the extent of Baks service injuries were, what allergies he suffered from, and what type of food he could eat. The tail issue turned out to be in his medical records. He had suffered from what is called happy tail. MWDs unlike the K9 police dogs used by civilians do not go home with the handler at the end of shift. They live in an 8 foot by 10 foot concrete kennel when not on duty. Happy tail is the result of continued slamming of the tail against the walls while wagging that result in open sores that do not heal. In Baks case it was so severe that the Veterinarian decided to just remove the tail. Unfortunately for Bak the Veterinarian removed the tail to close to the hips resulting in him having a difficult time completely expressing his feces. By the time all that was sorted out Bak was a
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