Troops and Their Dogs — PICTURES

April 18, 2012, 6:28 a.m.

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.