A German Shepard named Sgt. Rex that served in the US military hunting down and helping to disarm improvised explosive devices in Iraq, has been officially released for adoption and will be reunited with Megan Leavey. She joined the military after 9/11 and served two tours in Iraq, working in dangerous conditions. For her courage she was awarded a Purple Heart.
The dog and Marine partners served together, and were even injured at the same time when they were near an IED which was exploded by insurgents. (That day they had previously detected seven IEDs for disarming.) They both recovered, but Leavey’s injuries left her unable to serve in the same capacity she had been, so she left the military and tried to adopt Sgt. Rex. He was deemed able to continue working after his recovery, so he resumed his bomb-sniffing duties. When he turned 10 years of age, then he was taken out of service and she again began the adoption process.
Senator Chuck Schumer pressured both branches of the military to allow the reunion to happen faster, because Rex is already in declining health. Over 20,000 signatures were signed in online petitions by people across the country to voice support for the reunification. The Senator said, “I can think of no better ending to a story that inspired a nation than to see Sgt. Rex come home to his best friend. While millions of dog lovers across the country have a deep bond with their ‘best friend’, the bond forged between Corporal Leavey and Sgt. Rex is one that few of us will ever know. ” (Source: Senate.gov)
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