George H.W. Bush's service dog will go on to serve wounded soldiers
Sully, Former President George H.W. Bush's service dog who helped provide support and companionship for him will now go on to help wounded soldiers.
George H.W. Bush served as the 41st US president between 1989 and 1993. He died late on Friday at the age of 94.
During his last few months, he was accompanied by a service dog. The golden Labrador was trained by from American VetDogs association.
John Miller, President, and CEO of America's VetDogs said, "Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Bush family during this difficult time. It was truly an honor to have provided service dog Sully to be by the president's side for the past several months. As a true patriot and a visionary, President Bush will forever be viewed by people with disabilities and their families as a hero through his efforts to enact the Americans with Disabilities Act. We are forever grateful to his service to the American people."
Sully's final task will be to accompany the casket. Afterward, Sully will return to the VetDogs Smithtown, New York headquarters.
He will later be transferred to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center’s Facility Dog Program in Bethesda. He will help wounded veterans as they undergo physical and occupational therapy.
The coffin is being flown from Texas to DC on board Air Force One. The air force will be temporarily renamed Special Air Mission 41 to pay homage to the late president.
On Wednesday, the coffin will fly back. Sully will stay with the body throughout the entire journey.
The loyal pup was even snapped in a heartbreaking pic which was posted to social media this weekend. The image showed the service dog lying next to the 41st President’s coffin in Houston on Sunday.
"My daughter has a service animal. Hopefully this picture will raise awareness of them. Rest in peace Mr President." wrote one user.