story by: Howie Rumberg – The Associated Press
photo courtesy of: Ray Stubblebine
Through two tours of duty in Iraq Sgt. Rex was by Marine Cpl. Megan Leavey’s side.
The pair worked more than 100 missions searching for roadside bombs, were injured in the line of duty and went through physical therapy together.
When her military career ended, she felt the least she could do was adopt him.
“This dog has saved my life,” Leavey said.
After five years of waiting for Rex’s service to end and filling out paperwork, Leavey finally won approval to bring the 11-year-old German Shepherd home. Yankees president Randy Levine and his wife Mindy helped make that reunion more comfortable and the team honored the pair before the Yankees hosted the Seattle Mariners on Sunday.
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