U.S. Troops Provide Vet Services in Afghanistan

At the clinics, the animals receive vaccinations and shots including tetanus and rabies, plus treatment for internal and external parasites, worms and lice. But as Vermeersch explains, not all of the ailments can be treated immediately. A lot of it is production-related or economy-related, he said.

"'My animal is not giving enough milk, my animal has a sore foot'" Vermeersch said he hears from farmers. "Oftentimes they're looking for a very quick fix: 'Give my animal medicine to make it milk more.'

"Unfortunately that kind of thing isn't available," he said. "Increasing production is much more complex than that and goes with nutrition, genetics and many of these other things, and that comes back to building the Afghanistan government up that they can get an extension service that works, delivering that information to the farmers so they can understand what it takes to improve their own lot in life and not just look for somebody else to furnish a med, a cure in a bottle."

'We are Bored From the Fighting'

The Americans work with the Afghan vets so eventually they can turn over the entire program to the Afghans.

On a recent day, there were no attacks, and the team cared for its highest number of animals to date: 910, including 293 goats, 234 sheep, 12 dogs -- and that one pet monkey.

Haji Zalmi, the governor for the local district, said that the treatment of just one animal here is better than all of the fighting combined.

"The people are unhappy, they don't like the fight anymore," he said. "They are bored from the fighting. This is not our fight anymore, this is the foreigners' fight."

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