Lucca, an eight-year-old Belgian military working dog, plays at Camp Pendleton, California. Lucca deployed twice to Iraq and once to Afghanistan where she was injured by an improvised explosive device. The injury led to the amputation of her left front leg and retirement from military service. Rodriguez, military dog handler with 1st Law Enforcement Battalion, I Marine Expeditionary Force, is scheduled to escort the veteran K-9 from the base to Finland where she will reside with her original trainer. During a turnover at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois, Lucca will be honored during a ceremony by American Airlines, which will provide transportation to Rodriguez and Lucca through its partnership with Air Compassion for Veterans.
Photo Credit: Cpl. Jennifer Pirante, USMC via DVIDS.