Some people feel as though live animal training for battlefield injuries is unnecessary.  Want to know why I disagree?

When my husband was hit by a grenade in Iraq, his life was saved by the quick reaction and response from his Ranger buddies. A fellow soldier rushed to Joe’s side and used his training as a “Ranger First Responder” to quickly and properly apply a pressure dressing to his arm to stop the bleeding from his severed brachial artery.

Battlefield injuries can happen in the blink of an eye, and these first responders need to be on their toes at all times in order to act immediately in the event of a casualty.  There is no better way to practice and test these responses than on a live animal.  I think the more realistic a scenario is, the better our service members are prepared to react.

I am thankful that our service members have the opportunity to practice their first responder skills on live animals.  Don’t get me wrong, I love animals!  I have a horse, a dog, chickens, a fish and a miniature pig.  I also have my husband.  If it weren’t for the training on live animals, I may not have my husband.  I may have lost him on that unfortunate day that he was struck by an enemy grenade.  Lucky for us, the men around Joe had live animal training and they were completely prepared to treat Joe on the battlefield.

Legislation to end live animal training would be a set-back for our service members.  Even though Joe lost his right leg as a result of his injuries and sustained severe injuries to his right arm, he has continued to deploy in the war on terrorism. I stay strong throughout deployments because I am confident that these soldiers have the training and mental toughness to take care of one another in any situation that they may come across.  I credit part of this confidence to live animal training.

Here is more information on HB 3172 which is being presented to put an end to the use of animals for medical and combat training in the military.

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