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Four-legged soldier visits Memorial High School

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - Many men and women who serve our country stand proudly, but not all do so on just two legs.

Wednesday morning, Army soldiers from Fort Drum in New York stopped by Memorial High School to talk to students about military opportunities.

Helping with recruitment was Dzsamar. He might look different, but his handler Tyler Colon said Dzsamar has his back just like all other members, and even goes through his own doggy boot camp. 

Military pups can be trained to search for explosives, detect narcotics and find suspects. They work with several different teams until they find the right match, and work toward getting deployed side-by-side.

"In the military as a whole, there's nothing out there like this job, it's completely individual based," Colon said. "When you get sent down range you're deploying alone. It's you and your dog, and when you're coming home it's you and your dog. When you're training it's you and your dog. It's just you and your buddy. I don't know, I joined for the purpose to serve, and to seek out college, to better myself, but I never imagined that I'd come out on the other side with this kind of school and this trade."

This was part of a five-day stop at schools all around this part of the state. The service men and women said it's important for high schoolers to know that there is more to the military than just deployment, and students can go in to other fields like accounting -- or become a lawyer.

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