SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The first national monument honoring the war dogs that have fought and died with U.S. troops while also bringing them comfort is to be dedicated in San Antonio.

The U.S. Working Dog Teams National Monument will be dedicated a week from Monday at Lackland Air Force Base. That's where many of the U.S. military dogs are trained, as well as treated when wounded.

The dedication marks the end of a tour that began in January at the Tournament of Roses in Pasadena, Calif.

The driving force behind the monument is John Burnam, a 65-year-old veteran military dog handler who designed the monument. The monument depicts the modern military handler and four dogs — a Doberman, German shepherd, Labrador retriever and Belgian Malinois, all breeds used in wars.

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