Honoring Facility Dogs Across the Military Health System

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Part of a growing number of specially trained facility dogs who boost staff and patient mental health while reducing stress every day at hospitals and clinics across the Military Health System, McAfee ‘Mac’, a Golden Retriever, recently joined the ranks of honorarily commissioned or enlisted military facility dogs.

Facility dogs have been around the MHS for nearly two decades working full-time at their assigned locations with virtually free range to visit patients and staff. Their mission became even more critical during the COVID-19 pandemic as health care personnel faced high stress, compassion fatigue, and burnout caring for patients.

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