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In 2005, Rebecca Tomsyck left her psychiatrist practice in Charlotte, North Carolina, and joined the Army. She was 53.
"In Iraq we were mortared an awful lot, but I wasn’t afraid because I came to realize that I had zero control over what happened. Once I recognized that, there was an element of peace that accompanied that. I got to that place pretty quickly in Iraq, and I recreated it pretty quickly in Afghanistan."

In 2005, Rebecca Tomsyck left her psychiatrist practice in Charlotte, North Carolina, and joined the Army. She was 53.

"In Iraq we were mortared an awful lot, but I wasn’t afraid because I came to realize that I had zero control over what happened. Once I recognized that, there was an element of peace that accompanied that. I got to that place pretty quickly in Iraq, and I recreated it pretty quickly in Afghanistan."

These are some of my favorite images from the new book Soldier Dogs. There are more pictures in our slideshow today.

Military Working Dogs play a crucial part in America’s armed services. The best known “Soldier Dog,” Cairo, put crucial canine skills to work in the SEAL Team Six operation that killed Osama Bin Laden. Other Military Working Dogs serve as everything from bomb sniffers to troop companions to search and rescue dogs (and also serve in darker roles, such as duty at Guantanamo Bay). Their handlers and trainers, devoted dog lovers down to a man, form an unusually close-knit fraternity within the military.

Soldier Dogs: The Four-Legged Heroes Of Iraq And Afghanistan