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

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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.

"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, Texas posted on Facebook. "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.

“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 military brigade wrote. “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. He has received excellent care and is doing well.

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Posted by 89th Military Police Brigade on Tuesday, December 15, 2015

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