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A Salute To Military Service Animals

The brave men and women of the military owe a lot to their counterparts from the animal kingdom. So join Applebee's in honoring all veterans and active duty military members (even quadrupeds) as part of the #ThankYouMovement this Veterans Day.

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Whether it be on land, in the air, or at sea, the service animals of the U.S. military have consistently done their part to help keep our nation safe.

Beverly (CC BY 2.0) / Via Flickr: walkadog

Their loyalty and obedience makes them excellent partners at home and on the battlefield...

...as they pitch in to do their part whenever called upon.

U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School (CC BY-ND 2.0) / Via Flickr: insideswcs

Whether that means patrolling the water for any threats beneath the surface...

Marion Doss (CC BY-SA 2.0) / Via Flickr: ooocha

...using their keen sense of smell to find things the human nose can't detect...

The U.S. Army (CC BY 2.0) / Via Flickr: soldiersmediacenter

...or helping to carry items in places where vehicles can't travel.

Alexander Nemenov / AFP / Getty Images / Via gettyimages.com

They undergo rigorous training to remain on high alert...

Fairfax County (CC BY-ND 2.0) / Via Flickr: fairfaxcounty

...and keep our courageous soldiers smiling.

Marion Doss (CC BY-SA 2.0) / Via Flickr: ooocha

So here's to all the brave military service animals...

DVIDSHUB (CC BY 2.0) / Via Flickr: dvids

...because they support our troops...

Ed Darack / Getty Images / Via gettyimages.com

...and don't hesitate to serve their country.

Let it out, buddy. You done good.

Marion Doss (CC BY-SA 2.0) / Via Flickr: ooocha

As a thanks for their service, Applebee's invites all veterans and active duty military to enjoy a free meal this Veterans Day, November 11, 2016.