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“Deployed troops are prohibited from:


Adopting pets or mascots, caring for, or feeding,


Any types of domestic or wild animals.


 


Disobedience of this order will result in:


Criminal Prosecution or Adverse Administrative Action,


Including Possible Reduction in Rank or Courtmartial.


 


Stray Animals are to be Shot or Poisoned.”


 


General Order Number 1A(i),


December 19, 2000


 


 


 


The military bureaucracy has many orders


And some of these edicts are truly needed


But General Order 1A(i) brings far too much pain and hardship


And it’s one that many compassionate soldiers haven’t heeded


 


To our courageous wartime soldiers


Who face death and destruction all the time


The true friendship they forge with an animal


Truly should not be labeled as a military crime


 


In World War II many of our troops adopted many dogs in the battlefield


They even snuck them into their cramped bunks on battleships and destroyers


These companion animals truly brought them a feeling of home and comfort


And this was a morale booster that should never have been handed to lawyers


 


I’ve seen extremely touching black and white World War II photos


Of airmen carrying cats aboard aircraft through the hatchways


I’ve seen pictures of our soldiers’ loyal dog companions


Bravely dashing off landing craft with them on D-Day


 


Our courageous men and women in uniform in Iraq today


Also find themselves befriending many stray dogs and cats


And because of this bureaucratic General Order One A(i)


Many of their friends have been destroyed – just like that


 


Yet with a complete veterinarian physical examination


Required vaccinations and absence of communicable disease


One stroke of a bureaucratic pen lifting General Order One A(i)


Would allow these servicemen to bring their pets home with ease


 


But having worked in this bureaucracy


For more than 30 long dreadful years


I know it’s not very likely it will be rescinded


Resulting in far too much heartache and tears


 


But there is a wonderful growing stateside organization


Which attempts to help soldiers bring their pet pals back


And I think it’s an organization that we should all support


As another way of giving thanks to those who serve us in Iraq


 


In every war or conflict ever fought by our valiant troops


Many a heroic animal legend or lore has been born


And many of these soldiers’ pet cats and dogs in Iraq


Have saved the lives of troops who they now adore


 


There are already stories of diligent loyal cats


Who have warned our troops of mortar attacks


And many a canine knows where the deadly land mines are


Barking urgent warnings to their human pals to step back


 


The deep bonding that has occurred


Between soldiers and animals over time


Truly should be something that is nurtured


And certainly not something branded as a crime


 


 


©2005, Eddie ‘A Vet’ Kostro


 


To learn how you can help bring these pets home,


Despite all the bureaucratic military obstacles,


Through donations of food, money, or time,


Please visit the website listed below.


 


Both our extremely courageous troops,


And their extremely loyal furry little pals,


Will be forever in your debt.


 


And please read some of the heartwarming stories,


They are truly touching.


And show your support by signing their guestbook,


And spread the word to other soldier and animal advocates.


 


It’s time for us to now return the favor,


And help save some of these animals’ lives,


And re-unite them with their soldier buddies,


So both make it back from war’s hell and strife.


 


 


“The old church bell will peal with joy
Hurrah! Hurrah!
To welcome home our darling boy
Hurrah! Hurrah!
The village lads and lassies say
With roses they will strew the way,
And we'll all feel gay
When Johnny (and Rover) come marching home.”


 


Patrick S. Gilmore,


When Johnny Comes Marching Home


 


 


 

 
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Reviewed by A Serviceable Villain 3/8/2005
Ed,

Profoundly perfect write ... deeply sad and moving - wonderful!!


Blessings,

Robert
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 3/7/2005
For anyone to bring an animal into England, it must stay in qurantine for six months. Incase of rabies. Yet we are letting millions in who have aids. They get free help, at the expence of the NHS, trying to save childrens lives.

I would say rollocks to that law if I were a yanky doodle soldier..

Good show Ed, for the brave blokes who don't know if they will be alive the next second.
Reviewed by Tracey L. O' Very (Reader) 3/6/2005
Ed, Thank You so very much for this awakening poem here ending with the most perfect song there with the absolute perfect tune! I can hardly wait till they and the critters all come marching home again. I visited that www you have on here and it's so nice to see some reality in them in their times of unreality/horrors of war. Very Nice! Thank You! I signed the guest book am sending this to all I know and will post this around town as well and get all the support I can for the innocent victims of war, saving only minds and lives & help to save theirs. Thank You so Much Ed! I don't know if these streaming tears are from sorrow or relief of seeing the soldiers and the critters, but will do all I can for them, all of them! Thanks Ed You're Beautiful!
love Tracey xooxox
Reviewed by Carole Mathys 3/6/2005
A profound and sad write, thank you for sharing Ed
Reviewed by Sherry Gibson 3/6/2005
Ed,
I always respect a person who is not afraid to speak out on a cause they believe in. A very good write and glad I stopped by for a visit today!

Sherry
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 3/6/2005
heartrending write, as only you can do; solid writing here, eddie! bravo on an excellent story/poem! very well done! love the art too; spectacular!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in tx., karen lynn. :( >tears <
Reviewed by Zenith Elliott 3/6/2005
Profound and very thought provoking, Ed! Thank you for this timely write...~Z~
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 3/6/2005
Ed,

And you are a hero for bringing this to our attention. A heartbreaking write--thank you

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. :(
Reviewed by Katy Walsvik 3/6/2005
You only forgot one thing, LE... the part about how well we sleep nights, knowing that we've done the right thing, that we've made a difference, that we cared and did something to prove it!

I'm with you, dear friend. katy xox
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 3/6/2005
The courts have gone nuts haven't they? Thanks for the sharing.
Reviewed by L. Figgins 3/6/2005
Look at the picture in the upper left corner. What a contrast! That soldier looks like a boy of 18...why shouldn't he have a little comfort and companionship whilst sacrificing his life for freedom and flag?
Reviewed by Nordette Adams 3/6/2005
I'm not sure what logic the military uses here, Ed. But my first thought was of wartime tricks and cruelty and how some fiends have gone so far as to strap bombs to children. How much more wouldn't an enemy boobytrap an animal that's obviously friendly and appears nonthreatening. Gives a whole new meaning to release the dogs of war. Probably a stupid thought on my part. Surely there must be a way around both problems, and I know you're going to write and tell me, right darling?
Reviewed by jude forese 3/6/2005
this is extrememly well written ... animals are beautiful and close friends to man but in war they could be a distraction to the welfare of fellow soldiers ...
Reviewed by E T Waldron 3/6/2005
You are a treasure. who even thinks of these things were it not for you alerting us Ed! I agree with you and hope a way is found to eradicate that order!Great message/poem!

love,
eileen
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 3/6/2005
Animals are very loyal, whether they are dogs or cats or other animals, their first instinct is to love and protect their masters. That is why we love them so much.

Sandie May Angel a.k.a. Sandie Angel :o)
Reviewed by George Carroll 3/6/2005
I know the general thinking behind this 1A as soldiers have been killed when a pet they adopted gave away their position.
Not everthing in war is black and white.
Yes, I agree, they should be able to take their pets home with them.
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 3/6/2005
After two glasses of Bubbly back home in Blighty on Mothers' Day today, I'm crying like the babies I bore - with Kate Junior, 19 years' ago to the very day (almost!!)!! This goes so deep, Ed... I feel like a tremendous fool, but this says it all - about the psyche of the war-machine. After all, don't want sloppy sentiment buggerin up the fierce men-of-war fighting mentality. This speaks to me of what it means to be human: i.e. to live in love and compassion with the world at large - and what it means to be inhuman ("bestial" would be a gross insult!): to seek to smother feelings of compassion and empathy for the personal gain of a world obessessed by national greed and power. Choked and speechless - is "thank you" the right thing to say?! Hell, yes!! LOL Kuddly Kate xx
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 3/6/2005
Ed Kostro, sometimes a pain in the ass,
Other times he gives us all a little sass,
But his protection of furry little creatures,
Shows us all just how much this man has of class...Ed & Rufuz
Reviewed by D May (Reader) 3/6/2005
Thank you for this Ed. : )
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 3/6/2005
Oh you an angel send from above Eddie!!

Love Tinky
Reviewed by Henry Stevens 3/6/2005
This is something I didn't know anything about and thanks, Ed, for sharing with me. The young cat in the upper left photo is almost my "Lucy" who came stray to me after my heart attack three years ago. Gosh, Lucy and I have had a great time together, and it's been a favorable factor in my recovery.
Reviewed by Lynn Barry 3/6/2005
eye opening...thanks for this
Reviewed by William Bonilla 3/6/2005
A WELCOMED INFORMATIVE WRITE ...ED
SEEN OTHER PHOTOS OF THIS SUBJECT BEFORE
THANKS FOR SHARING.

WILLIAM .... PEACE
Reviewed by John Bidwell 3/6/2005
God bless you!
John
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