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Paws among paratroopers: Therapy dog calms, uplifts and heals

FORT BRAGG, N.C. – The cold morning air sent chills across paratroopers’ skin as they waited for the four-mile division run to start. Everyone appeared cold, except for one.

Lt. Col. Lexy appeared impervious to the chilled breeze as she visited shivering paratroopers standing in formation — it must have been her fur coat that shielded most of the cold.

Dressed in her therapy dog Army combat uniform, Lexy showed interest in the gathering of countless paratroopers by smelling her surroundings and cautiously greeting people. She appeared excited to join more than 15,000 paratroopers in the run that kicks off All American Week.

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