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A Fallen Soldier's Best Friend
By Mr. Ed
Last edited: Tuesday, March 04, 2008
Posted: Saturday, December 22, 2007



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His Family Has Finally Won Their Battle



"A part of Dustin is in Lex;

To have Lex at home is a part of having my son at home."

Marine Cpl. Dustin Lee’s Father

 

They had to lobby for months, and they had to enlist the aid of numerous people, including that of a Congressman, but this fallen soldier’s family has finally won their battle.

A military working dog wounded in Iraq during a rocket attack that killed its Marine handler was finally allowed to be adopted by the slain soldier’s family.

The dog’s name is Lex; he’s an 8-year-old German Shepherd; and it's the first time a working military dog has been granted retirement to live with a handler's family.

Marine Cpl. Dustin Lee was tragically killed, and Lex the Marine Dog was wounded, on March 21st in Iraq’s Anbar Province when they were hit by shrapnel from a 73mm rocket explosion.

Even though Lex was severely wounded, he diligently stayed by Cpl. Lee’s side, licking the fallen Marine’s wounds, and mourning the terrible loss of his human friend.

After 12 weeks of treatment for shrapnel wounds in the shoulder and back, Lex the Military Dog was once again declared fit for duty and returned to his permanent duty station at a Georgia military base.

Military officials initially told Cpl. Lee’s family that Lex was still ‘military property’ and that he had to complete another two years of service before he could be adopted by anyone.

But Cpl. Lee’s very determined family continued to lobby for months, and they have finally won their battle with the military to adopt their son’s best friend.

On hand at Lex’s recent adoption ceremony at the military base were the fallen 20-year old Marine's parents, his sister, Mattie, 16, and his brother, Cameron, 12.

"It's not going to bring back my brother, but it's something close to it," said Mattie as she played with Lex after the ceremony.

"A part of Dustin is in Lex," said Cpl. Lee’s father. "To have Lex at home is a part of having our son at home."

Cpl. Lee’s mother said she believes that her son's spirit will live on through Lex because of their extremely close bond, and because they were together during the final moments of her valiant son's life.

I truly believe that it will.

I also truly believe that even in war, we must be as compassionate as we possibly can, especially to our extremely valiant soldiers and to their families.

 

 
 
 

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Reviewed by m j hollingshead
wonderful news, excellent write, glad Lex is home
Reviewed by Poetess of The Soul Sheila G
What a wonderful sad blessed story, but still the fighting for Lex, was worth it (in their hearts and souls)
Thank you for sharing ED!
In the end! YOU have to fight for what you believe!
Many Blessings!
Happy! Holidays to you and yours!
Warm hugs and Warmer Blessings, Warrior Purple Lady Sweet Sheooxoo

STay Positive!
Reviewed by Tom Hyland
Bless this Family for fighting for their beliefs! Bless LEX for his valiant Service!

Bless YOU for sharing such a heart-felt true story!

Tom.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes
God bless them....thanks for sharing!!

Love Tinky
Reviewed by Kathy Armijo
It's good to hear "that the powers that be" gave the family a wonderful piece of their son's life. Thank you for sharing.

Kathy
Reviewed by Keith Rowley
Bless them all.
Keith
Reviewed by R Beeman
thanks much for sharing this. as a combat vet i know how important it is to maintain some semblance of balance with memories of our loved ones. thanks Ed once again for bringing this to light on AD.

randy
Reviewed by Staci Gansky-Wagner
I heard about this--it was in the news. Lex belongs with that family. Excellent write. :)
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone
What a heartbreaking and heartwarming article of human kindness. Lex has Dustin in his soul, and will be there till he departs this earth. It's Dustin's gift to his family, to bestow his spirit on Lex to spread joy and happiness to the grief stricken loved ones. Lex will live for a very long time and will help to heal the hearts of Dustin's family.. Such remarkable pet therapy! Oh Ed, I love you for bringing this to the den..thank you so much,
Peace, love, and light,
Amber "V"
Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER
I cnt read this you made me cry, Love and Blessings! Jasmin Horst
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan
such a touching story-lex is where he belongs!
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Heart touching story, Ed; thank you! God bless you for caring for our four legged friends and ESPECIALLY our veterans!

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
Reviewed by Rebecca Lerwill
Great story of Love and determination. What a family!
Becca~
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
Good!!!!!!!! A most heartwarming write, Mr. Ed, thank you for the update.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Walt Hardester
Touching.

Walt

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