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Army Veterinary Corps marks 100 years of serviceSince World War I, the corps has supported America's military

Story by R. Scott Nolen

(Photos courtesy of the Army Medical Department Center of History and Heritage)

As America's entry into World War I seemed increasingly likely, President Woodrow Wilson and Congress readied for the coming conflict, with the National Defense Act of 1916. Signed by President Wilson on June 3, the act bolstered U.S. military preparedness in a number of ways, including the creation of a Veterinary Corps within the U.S. Army.

When Congress declared war on the German