Military Dog Earns Purple Heart (Sort of) – Story Goes Viral!

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Both Soldiers Recovering From IED Explosion

A bomb explosion injured a military K-9 and his military police officer partner in Afghanistan on December 3. Spc. Andrew Brown, 22, was awarded the Purple Heart. He placed it on his dog, Rocky, as a sign of respect and solidarity.  The photo was taken, uploaded on Facebook, and went totally viral.  Now these two heroes are receiving tons of support!

Brown, a husband and father, is back home recovering from shrapnel wounds.  Rocky is still in Germany, recovering from shrapnel wounds and a broken leg.  The two hope to be reunited soon.

Their job was dangerous, searching out IEDs.  We salute Specialist Brown and Rocky for their heroic efforts.  Both deserve the Purple Heart.

Check it out below, and watch the Good Morning America video segment on this touching story. 

This heartwarming photo of injured military dog Rocky with his Purple Heart is going viral, and his handler, Specialist Andrew Brown, told ABC News the story behind their partnership.

Brown and Rocky, who have been partners for two years, left Fort Hood for Afghanistan this October. Two months later, they were searching a compound when they were both injured by shrapnel from an improvised explosive device (IED).

After the explosion, they were flown together to Kandahar, Afghanistan, where Brown and his dog were awarded Purple Hearts…

PHOTO: Specialist Andrew Brown and his military dog, Rocky, are recovering from injuries from an IED blast in Afghanistan.89th Military Police Brigade via Facebook

Specialist Andrew Brown and his military dog, Rocky, are recovering from injuries from an IED blast in Afghanistan.

But Brown, a husband and father of two, credits Rocky for their work.

Rocky is considered an American soldier, Brown explained, adding that a dog’s rank is one above his handler’s…

Check out the Good Morning America video below

 

Source:  ABC News  Featured Image:  Facebook 89th Military Police Brigade

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