LCDR Abigail, a Labrador Retriever, is a Warrior Canine Connection (WCC) trained facility dog. Her primary role involves offering therapeutic care, fostering a sense of unity, and aiding in public health communications.
She is named after Abigail Adams, First Lady of the United States when the U.S. Marine Hospital Service was created in 1798. The Marine Hospital Service, the forerunner of today’s U.S. Public Health Service was responsible for safeguarding America against the spread of diseases brought back by sailors from foreign ports. This legacy echoes back to the inception of the U.S. Marine Hospital Service in 1798, a response to safeguard against the spread of diseases brought back by sailors from foreign ports. This marked the dawning of the U.S. Public Health Service.
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