Lex Goes Home
It is now official. Eight year old Lex, the German Sheppard who lost his partner, Marine Cpl. Dustin Jerome Lee, has retired and been adopted by Cpl. Lee’s family. Cpl. Lee and Lex were partnered in Iraq to hunt for roadside bombs. The two, Lee and Lex, we inseparable. They even slept together.
Their journey together ended in Fallujah when Cpl. Lee was killed in a mortar attack which left Lex severely injured. Lex still has shrapnel in his body from that mortar attack.
The USMC has never allowed a dog to be adopted by a handler’s family before:
“It is extraordinary,” said Col. Christian Haliday, commander of the Marine Logistics Base in Albany, Ga., where the dog is based. “As far as we know, it’s the first time that a waiver of policy of this nature has been granted.”….
U.S. Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., said he discussed the Lees’ case with Gen. James T. Conway, the Marine Corps commandant.
“The way I look at this, dogs are being trained every day to be a part of the armed forces,” Jones said. “This family gave their son for their country. This is a small gift back to them.”
Enjoy your new home Lex. May Cpl. Lee’s family ands you help heal each other. Dustin would be very proud. I am so pleased for the Lee family. I wish them peace and God’s blessings!