When Dave Bauer was serving in the Vietnam War, he worked alongside human and canine soldiers. When Bauer got injured on the battlefield, he became aware of the sacrifices of the war dogs.
"I was laying there in the hospital, and they were operating on me and when I looked over on the other gurney, they were operating on a dog," he says.
Bauer received a Purple Heart for his service and is now a Clark County Veterans Commissioner. In 2009 he began raising funds to construct the War Dog Memorial, which honors dogs who serve a in a variety of capacities.