Pets & Animals

Military dog and his handler awarded Purple Hearts after surviving IED attack

When Spc. Andrew Brown and his military dog were both injured by a bomb blast in Afghanistan last week, their tight bond was recognized when both of them received Purple Hearts for their brave service.

A heartwarming picture showing Brown's military dog, Rocky, recovering in a hospital bed with the Purple Heart around his neck has been shared nearly 200,000 times after being posted on the Facebook page of the 89th Military Police Brigade based in Fort Hood, Texas.

Brown and Rocky, who have been paired together for two years, were injured by an improvised explosive device while searching a structure in Afghanistan.

Brown is currently recovering from his injuries at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Rocky was initially recuperating with Brown in the same room before being sent to a facility in Germany. Rocky is expected to return to his home at Fort Hood in a few weeks.

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