(FOX NEWS) -- Five military dogs who served the U.S. during deployments overseas were awarded the K-9 Medal of Courage Tuesday on Capitol Hill.
The now-retired dogs — Taba, Jig, Summer, Jag and Taker — were honored with the Lois Pope award by American Humane for demonstrating "exceptional valor in serving our country" as they served in places like Iraq and Afghanistan alongside and in support of U.S. armed forces on the battlefield.
Tonight we will celebrate the American Humane K-9 Medal of Courage Awards, which honor our nation’s heroic military dogs. Let’s meet the five special K-9 recipients, starting with Taba! Taba searched for explosive devices and participated in countless raids during her service as a U.S. Army Special Forces Multi-Purpose K-9. #k9medalofcourage
The pups worked in different branches of the military and held different roles, ranging from bomb sniffing to serving "on the frontlines of the War on Terror."
Say hello to Jig! Jig served with the U.S. Marine Corps for five years detecting improvised explosive devices until his career was cut short due to an oral melanoma diagnosis. Jig won't be joining us in D.C. at tonight's ceremony due to poor health, but he's a hero all the same. Thank you for your service, Jig! #K9MedalofCourage
One of the dogs, Jig, served in the Marines Corps for five years detecting improvised explosive devices (IEDs) "until his career was cut short due to an oral melanoma diagnosis."
Meet Jag! Jag served with the U.S. Army for 7 years and was a critical K-9 component in hundreds of missions protecting his fellow soldiers. Jag retired in 2013 and was adopted by his best friend and former battle buddy. We'll see the pair walk the stage tonight at the #K9MedalofCourage Award Ceremony.
Taker, a 12-year-old Labrador retriever, was praised for his time with the Marines, during which he "saved countless lives." Taker retired in 2012.
Another pup named Taba also searched for explosive devices "and participated in countless raids" during her time as a U.S. Army Special Forces Multi-Purpose K-9.
Summer served on the frontlines of the War on Terror with the U.S. Marine Corps. Today she continues her selfless dedication to protecting our country as a member of a TSA K-9 team for the Amtrak Police Department in our nation’s capital. Summer will take the stage tonight to accept her #K9MedalofCourage Award.
Summer previously served with the Marines and now serves as a member of a TSA K-9 team under the Amtrak Police Department. Jag was "a critical K-9 component in hundreds of missions protecting his fellow soldiers" until his retirement in 2013. Both were also honored Tuesday.
Meet Taker! Taker is a 12-year-old Labrador Retriever who saved countless lives while serving with the U.S. Marine Corps in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2012, Taker retired from military service and was adopted by his former handler. Tonight he'll accept his award for heroism at a special event on Capitol Hill. #K9MedalofCourage
“These remarkable dogs have given us their best," Lois Pope said of the veterans. "They have put their own lives on the line to protect us, to defend us, and to save us."