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Military working dog awarded Purple Heart recovering after IED blast in Afghanistan

A U.S. Army soldier and his military working dog who unofficially received the Purple Heart are recovering after being injured in Afghanistan. A photo of Spc. Andrew Brown's Purple Heart clipped to K-9 Rocky's collar went viral:

The 89th Military Police Brigade in Fort Hood, Tex. posted this moving image.

"One of our Military Working Dogs, Rocky, and his handler were injured this week during operations in Afghanistan," the 89th Military Police Brigade in Fort Hood, Tex. posted with this photo recently. "Rocky and his handler are staying in the same room right now as they are receiving treatment for their injuries. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers as they recover during the holiday season."

A few days later came some good news. Both were on the mend.

86th Military Brigade

"SPC Brown and Rocky are both doing well after being treated for injuries they suffered from an IED blast earlier this week while searching a structure in support of ongoing operations in Afghanistan," the 86th Military Brigade posted with the above image. "They are both very thankful for your thoughts and prayers and are in the process of heading back home."


Spc. Brown is now back in the United States. He was greeted at Walter Reed Army Medical Center by his family. Rocky stayed behind, in Germany, to continue his recovery.


Rocky is receiving excellent care. "The veterinarians in Germany taking care of Rocky have closed up his wounds, repaired his leg, and are keeping an eye on him around the clock," the 89th Military Police Brigade posted with the above image.


"Rocky is expected to return to Fort Hood in the coming weeks," the 89th Military Police Brigade posted with this image. "Please remember them, as well as all our soldiers deployed around the world, during the holiday season. Proven in Battle!"

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