K-9 unit showcases hard work at competition

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – The bond between a man and his dog is one that cannot be matched. This tie was shown for three of Camp Pendleton’s military working dog handlers when their trust and connection was put to the test. On Feb. 19, Cpl. Jonathan T. Overland, Cpl. Angelo Melendez III and Cpl. Sky…

Bill to help canine comrades in arms

For a pair of pooch-loving lawmakers, no dog should be left behind. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) are pushing legislation to better ensure that a soldier’s best friend — the military working dog — is provided a good home and veterinary care in retirement. “These dogs are friends, compatriots, comrades in…

Saving Sergeant Rex

An upstate New York Marine is on a mission to save the dog that served alongside her in Iraq. Marine Corporal Megan Leavey of Rockland County, NY, is desperately trying to adopt Sergeant Rex, a German Shepherd military working dog. When Leavey served two tours in Iraq, the two were a team tasked with identifying…

Marine Seeks to Adopt Military Dog

A former Marine is hitting bureaucratic red tape in her quest to adopt the military service dog she served with in Iraq before it is put down.   Former Corporal Megan Leavey, of Rockland County, wants to take in a German shepherd named Sergeant Rex. They hunted for IEDs on Iraq during two tours of…

United gives break to pet owners on PCS moves

United Airlines is making an exception for military families who ship their pets on that airline when making permanent change-of-station moves, the company said Wednesday. “We evaluated our policies and developed a special process for military families traveling on permanent change-of-station orders only,” said Mary Ryan, a spokeswoman for United Airlines. Under the policy, military…