Help get this military dog and handler reunited

Marine Corporal Megan Leavey, a decorated Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) veteran, served as a handler for Military Working Dog ‘Sgt. Rex’ during her two deployments in Iraq in 2005 and 2006. During their two deployments to Iraq, Corporal Leavey and Sgt. Rex worked together to save countless lives as they scoured the war’s most dangerous regions, uncovering deadly explosives, IEDs, weapons caches and suicide bombers. Both were severely injured in 2006 when insurgents detonated an IED at the side of the road they were patrolling. Corporal Leavey was awarded the Purple Heart and a Combat Valor Medal, and the pair spent the next year recovering together from their injuries.

While Corporal Leavey retired from the Marine Corps in 2007, Rex continued working with other members of the military, making the Iraq landscape safer for our soldiers. Now that Sgt. Rex has reached 10-years of age, he no longer is able to work in active duty and is being classified as “excess”, which would allow him to be adopted and reunited into a permanent home – ideally with his former partner, Marine Corporal Leavey. While Corporal Leavey has completed the application for adoption, the application still requires additional information from the United States Airforce and has not yet been approved.

We, the undersigned Americans, urge the Department of the Air Force to immediately approve Corporal Leavey’s application for adoption of her former brother-in-arms, Sgt. Rex. At ten years old, and after multiple tours of duty, time is of the essence. We implore the U.S. Airforce to expedite Corporal Leavey’s application and ensure that these two war heroes are reunited so that Sgt. Rex can share the rest of his days with the one person who knows him best and is deeply bonded with him. (By Senator Schumer’s Office.)

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This post is intended only to help bring the working dog home and is in no way associated with any political office.


~ by citizenjournalistreview on March 18, 2012.

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