Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y, held a celebration for former Marine Cpl. Megan Leavey and her K-9 companion Stg. Rex, a German shepherd wounded in Iraq, on Sunday, April 15. Leavey spent over five years trying to adopt Rex, but bureaucratic hurdles stood in her way until Schumer intervened. Schumer is trying to streamline the process for adopting retired military dogs.
Below are images of the bond between military dogs and their handlers, and the important role they both play in our armed forces.