Meet Megan Leavey. She is a US marine corporal veteran who served as a Military Police K9 handler after enlisting in the Marines back in 2003. She was stationed at Camp Pendleton, California, where she was paired with a K9 called Rex. The duo served two deployments in Iraq together. In 2006, at the time of their second visit, both of them ended up injured because of an improvised explosive device. Back home, Leavey was awarded the Purple Heart and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with a “V” device for heroism in combat.

Leavey and Rex went on more than 100 missions together in Iraq between 2003 and 2006. They almost lost their lives while searching for explosives. After the 2006 bomb blast, Leavey sought to adopt Rex. When Rex developed facial palsy that ended his bomb-sniffing duties, Leavey petitioned the Marine Corps for his adoption. They were finally reunited in April 2012 through the intervention of Senator Chuck Schumer, but sadly, Rex died in December that same year.

Now, their friendship has become the subject of a movie called “Megan Leavey”. This 2017 biographical film is based on true events about this brave marine and her heroic brother in arms. Leavey even has a cameo appearance in the film as “Female Drill Instructor #3”. The movie was successful amongst critics and public alike. If you haven’t watched it, you should! It won’t disappoint!

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