Deployment is the one of the most stressful times in a soldier's life. Soldiers are away from their families, spouses, children, friends and all of the comforts and familiarities of home. It's not surprising that so many deployed men and women find comfort in an animal companion. Here are some photos of our brave men and women and their animals that will warm your heart.
Marine Sergeant Frank Praytor and his kitten in the Korean War in 1952.
Soldier and a shy kitten in Afghanistan.
Stray kitten and a soldier in Afghanistan, 2009.
Marines giving their puppy breakfast.
An Afghani dog gets rescued from the dangerous streets.
A rescue puppy gets to ride in style.
So does a rescue kitty.
This little guy even takes the wheel on a flight.
And cuddle time.
A formerly stray dog gives some affection during downtime.
After a two hour search, this marine carries his canine pal back home.
This older dog says goodbye to his soldier friend.
A French soldier in the Vietnam War feeds his kitten.
A puppy taking a nap with WWII Russian soldiers.
A soldier deployed to Iraq makes friends with a donkey.
Is that a puppy in your bedroll?
A soldier gives hungry puppies some food.
A soldier in Afghanistan befriends two kittens.
This soldier smiles at his new kitten friend.
These two are all tuckered out.
This puppy kept coming to a mountaintop in Kabul to play with soldiers.
Dog breath kisses.
This tough guy has the warm and fuzzies for this tiny kitten.
A soldier holds two puppies in Yemen.
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