In her Nov. 12 Metro column, “A long-deserved thanks to women of Vietnam War,” Petula Dvorak wrote that, during the push for a memorial to the women who served in Vietnam, “detractors worried that would open the floodgates to even more memorials — such as for scout dogs.”

I am chagrined to read the gratuitous slight given to Vietnam War dogs who served honorably — all 4,000 of them. These highly trained canine warriors saved at least 10,000 wounded Americans . Only about 200 came home; 500 were killed in action — and the remainder left behind as “expendable equipment.” They, in fact, deserve a place juxtaposed to the Wall.

J.D. Taylor, Alexandria