Combat Dog to Reunite with Marine

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:

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Marianna B Molnar Woods

praise the LORD

Catherine G.
Catherine Guy3 years ago

I'm so glad Megan and Sgt. Rex can have some time together. They've certainly earned it. Thank you to both for the sacrifices they've made, thanks to Sen. Schumer for helping heroes to reunite in peaceful surroundings.

Tricia Hamilton
Tricia Hamilton3 years ago

How wonderful!!! God Bless!!!

Peggy R.
Peggy Reynolds3 years ago

So good that Rex is going to live out his last years with Megan.
That is as it should be.

Carrie Anne Brown

great story thanks for sharing :)

Lori E.
Lori E.3 years ago

Happy ending.

Estelle O.
Estelle Oelofsen3 years ago

Megan And Rex: May you have some wonderful times together! This time; in safety and comfort. Rex certainly earned and deserves it.

Judith Howard
Judith Howard3 years ago

This soldier deserves to be reunited with this wonderful dog.

Margaret M.
Margaret M. F.3 years ago

Thank-you for the article. While it has a happy ending it amazes me that such extreme measures were necessary to make it happen.

Darla G.
Darla G.3 years ago

I love happy endings. I hope Rex & Megan have many months/years together. It breaks my heart that Rex is in declining health but he's now where he needs to be.