Tail Wagging Reunion for Soldier and the Dog He Saved

Dogs are often noted as heroes in the news, but in this case, army dog handler Sgt. Aaron Yoder took a bullet for his black lab, Bart, during a gun fight in Southern Afghanistan last month. The Taliban has begun to target these soldier dogs because of their amazing bomb-sniffing skills in an attempt to neutralize the effectiveness of IED detection teams.

Soldiers have been known to wrap their Kevlar-covered bodies around the dogs to protect these valuable team members. Yoder was shot in the leg, but was successful in protecting Bart from injury. Sgt. Yoder has been transported to Texas, where he has undergone six surgeries. Bart and Aaron were reunited on May 3rd.







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  • May 9, 2012 12:01 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Angel

    I would take a bullet for my dog. Any day.

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    May 9, 2012 12:01 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Ann

    What a man xxx

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  • May 9, 2012 12:02 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Tama

    Sgt. Yoder, thank u so much for putting yourself in harms way to save sweet Bart!

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  • May 9, 2012 12:02 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Linda

    thats a good man

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    May 9, 2012 12:02 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Sukeshi

    I would die for my dog…

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    May 9, 2012 12:02 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Lynnz

    My kind of guy

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  • May 9, 2012 12:03 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Pamela

    i would do it to

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    May 9, 2012 12:04 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Bill

    You can learn a lot about a person in how they treat their pets. These two are both heroes.

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  • May 9, 2012 12:04 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Ruth

    Bless that man an his dog! Great man an dog! And i would have done the same for any of my pets also.

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  • May 9, 2012 12:06 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Frøydis

    <3

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    May 9, 2012 12:07 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Marcela

    God Bless Sgt Aaron Yoder

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    May 9, 2012 12:07 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Camille

    LOVE to you both!

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    May 9, 2012 12:08 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Jeana

    I would take a bullet for my dog too!! God Bless This Wounded Soldier & his amazing dog!!

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  • May 9, 2012 12:08 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Julia

    What a touching story :)

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    May 9, 2012 12:08 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Princess

    gr8 job <3

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    May 9, 2012 12:08 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Debra

    I am so glad this soldier got to see his dog again !

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  • May 9, 2012 12:09 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Kelly

    Amazing all around!!!!

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  • May 9, 2012 12:09 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Karen

    Thank You Both Sgt Yoder and Bart! Happy to know you are both okay!

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  • May 9, 2012 12:10 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Jacqueline

    Like that song says what a man what a man what a mighty good man <3 Bless you both

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  • May 9, 2012 12:12 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Stacey

    Welcome Home Sgt Aaron & Bart and thank you for your service!!!! Bart is a handsome boy!!!!

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  • May 9, 2012 12:12 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Florence

    aaahhh, I just loved this video….they seem very happy to see one another!

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    May 9, 2012 12:12 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Joelle

    <3……………..<3

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  • May 9, 2012 12:13 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Jeannette

    ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

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    May 9, 2012 12:13 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Patricia

    you are both heros,awsome story

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  • May 9, 2012 12:13 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Susan

    <3 it

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  • May 9, 2012 12:15 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Judy

    shared

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    May 9, 2012 12:16 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Amanda

    Beautiful. :-)

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    May 9, 2012 12:16 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Sally

    That’s my idea of a hero, for sure!

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  • May 9, 2012 12:16 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Carl

    It says a lot about the type of people that would put hits out on dogs ~ the taliban is the skank of the Earth and should be eradicated. Thanks to all the brave men and their dogs.

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  • May 9, 2012 12:17 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Jennifer

    So sweet!! <3 God Bless Our Troops — 2 legged & 4 legged!! <3

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  • May 9, 2012 12:17 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Mallie

    Now THAT’S a HERO <3

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    May 9, 2012 12:19 pmPosted 2 years ago
    William

    Well done Sgt Aaron Yoder, Two true Hero’s!!!

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    May 9, 2012 12:19 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Carrie

    Thank you Soldiers Aaron and Bart, and so happy you are both okay, and now together again :)

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  • May 9, 2012 12:19 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Laura

    ♥ i

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    May 9, 2012 12:21 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Eirini

    I just don’t know what to say… :’)

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  • May 9, 2012 12:21 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Darren

    We r a foster family for dogs here. A local transit bus blew down our 35mph zone at about 50. The jerk slapped our ol chow/husky in the head and she yelped and went down. I freaked as we had her for over ten years. I chased that shuttle down as I knew it was in a hurry to get to its last stop and I knew exactly where they stopped. I was more pissed that they braked a moment and went on. Let’s just say the driver didn’t get home in time. They called the police on me saying I was blocking a business from operating. My argument was that this guy braked, knowing he hit something. I told the crazy driving old fart as cop was standing there he always drives too fast on our street and the fact that he braked, knowing he hit something in the dark, he kept going. I straight up yelled in his face when he knew he had hit something. And he was drifting across the white line. I told him if he knew he hit “something” and braked, why didn’t he stop? It could have been a child. I then turned to the police officer and told him to arrest me if I am stopping a biz from operating. But I and my witness will sign a citation for wreckless driving, speeding and the fact I am blocking a business that is at their last stop and out of service. The jerk goes inside the business and socials with peeps and use the restroom at this last stop so how could it be that I am blocking a business looking straight into the cops eyes with a crazed look and walked out against his order. I told him to arrest me early on an didn’t do so he failed to do his actual duty. I’m betting because he was a K-9 officer, he knew how I felt as I walked away.

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  • May 9, 2012 12:23 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Linda

    sweet i would do the same

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    May 9, 2012 12:23 pmPosted 2 years ago
    MiaTyria

    Two true Hero’s!!! (((<3)))

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  • May 9, 2012 12:24 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Elena

    The bond between the dog owner and dog is special and unbreakable.

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  • May 9, 2012 12:24 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    Crying buckets! Wonderful! Thank you for sharing x

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  • May 9, 2012 12:26 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Katie

    The dog was so excited.

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  • May 9, 2012 12:27 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    I will share too x

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  • May 9, 2012 12:32 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Nikki

    I have tears. That was such an awesome story. I am glad for the happy ending. Thank you both for your service.

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  • May 9, 2012 12:38 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Jamie

    what an amazeing man!!! he diserves a medal!

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  • May 9, 2012 12:38 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Donna

    Awesome story! I would do the same for any of my dogs – they are my kids. They are both heros! I wish them a future of good health and happiness ♥

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    May 9, 2012 12:39 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Carolyn

    Two brave soldiers

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    May 9, 2012 12:47 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Simica

    I watched the video 3 times and did not catch where or how he took the bullet for the dog. It just said Sgt. Yoder was injured and he and Bart were separated when he was aerovac’d out. Where did I miss it? Nice story.

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    May 9, 2012 12:49 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Kent

    Nearbout a tear-jerker for this old swabbie!

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  • May 9, 2012 12:50 pmPosted 2 years ago
    MikenLisa

    That’s an amazing story.

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    May 9, 2012 12:51 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Mandie

    made me cry xx how lovely

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  • May 9, 2012 12:52 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Tina

    awesome <3

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    May 9, 2012 12:52 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Judy

    We all know the dog would have done the same for him if it was needed.

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  • May 9, 2012 12:53 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Jacquelyn

    That’s a man I’d like to know!

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  • May 9, 2012 12:53 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Darren

    U go Sgt. Yoder!!! U have a strong and loving heart. Your payback is the love your dog gives you. Be strong and courageous!

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  • May 9, 2012 12:54 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Sheryl

    How cool is that !!

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  • May 9, 2012 12:58 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Maria

    Talk about love in it’s sweetest form. Thank you Sgt. Aaron Yoder. Thank you also for your service to our country. Glad he’s with you.

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    May 9, 2012 1:03 pmPosted 2 years ago
    laura

    thought this would blow you away

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    May 9, 2012 1:04 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Wanda

    Tears are rolling down my cheeks .. what an inspiration.

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  • May 9, 2012 1:06 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Cat

    I started bawling like a baby, amazing story and thank goodness they both made it out alive. I am so happy they were reunited. <3

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    May 9, 2012 1:06 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Jill

    : )

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    May 9, 2012 1:08 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Diane

    A HERO

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    May 9, 2012 1:21 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    that man is a true hero id do the same well done your one in a billion

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    May 9, 2012 3:35 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    Thank you both! You are heros!

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    May 9, 2012 9:56 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Maria

    The dog is not a “pet”. The dog is a soldier with rank. It was his duty to save or help another soldier in danger. No man left behind! Yoder was doing his duty and serving his country. It’s a good feel story but it is no
    different than any other soldier helping another soldier.

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      May 10, 2012 3:13 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Aly

      Maria – I’m not an expert on military protocol, but I’m pretty sure that human soldiers are not required to take a bullet for the dogs they handle. This brave soldier protected this dog because he’s a good man. As much as dog lovers like us would like to deny it, dogs are not considered equal to people – even if they do hold a rank in the military.

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    May 11, 2012 12:49 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    Real men protect dogs.

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