Sen. Richard Blumenthal has come to the aid of heroic pooches.

At a Thursday news conference in Hartford, Blumenthal, a Democrat, rolled out a bill that would cut the red tape involved in adopting a military dog. These dogs are regarded by the Pentagon as “equipment,” requiring potential adopters to bear the cost of transporting the retired canines home.

The senator said the dogs, who sniff out roadside bombs and do other dangerous work, deserve a break.

“For their service abroad, these dogs deserve their loyalty and dedication to be returned when they are home,” Blumenthal said in a statement.

He wants to provide military dogs a free ride home and establish a fund for their veterinary care. He also thinks the most courageous dogs should receive a letter of commendation, although it’s not clear they would be able to read it.

Blumenthal has the support of Connecticut’s Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Thaddeus J. Martin, who says Connecticut’s reserve unit of canine warriors is unique in the nation.

Even in a fractious Congress, who would vote against dog heroes?

Ana has written about politics and policy in Washington, D.C.. for Gannett, Thompson Reuters and UPI. She was a special correspondent for the Miami Herald, and a regular contributor to The New York TImes, Advertising Age and several other publications. She has also worked in broadcast journalism, for CNN and several local NPR stations. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Journalism.

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