The Defense Department’s inspector general has determined that, after the program ended in 2014, some soldiers struggled or were unable to adopt the dogs they had handled.
Handlers talk training, fitness, and whether movies and media match real-life experiences.
This included two dogs among 13 that were given to a private company to be used as service dogs for veterans but then abandoned at a Virginia kennel.
The report says Congress amended the law in 2015 to give handlers top priority in adopting their dogs.
When Bodza, an 11-year-old military working dog was put down last week due to health complications, his owner and former handler Kyle Smith draped an American flag over him in recognition of his service, reports Inside Edition.
The inspector general also faults the military for not properly screening those adopting the dogs, including law enforcement agencies and private individuals.