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Mississippi State Vet Students Help Military Dogs | The Clarion-Ledger

When the retired war hero arrives for his physical rehabilitation session at the Mississippi State's College of Veterinary Medicine, he typically draws an audience as he enjoys some welcoming treats. Dog treats, that is. A large, handsome German shepherd, Maci served as a military working dog for almost six years, including three tours in Afghanistan and one in Oman with his handler, U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Karl Stefanowicz. During active service, he was credited with multiple explosive finds. Maci now resides at Columbus Air Force Base with Stefanowicz and his wife. Like many former military dogs, he suffers from joint and muscle issues. "I was really interested in prolonging Maci's life and most importantly, making it as comfortable as it could be," Stefanowicz said. A conversation he had last fall with Army Capt. Teri Vaughn led him to MSU and its veterinary students.