A wounded Army specialist was reunited with his working dog in Texas last week after each were awarded a Purple Heart for their heroism.

Spc. Alec Alcoser and Alex, an 8-year-old German shepherd, were back together after both were badly injured in a suicide bombing last month in Afghanistan.

Alcoser was reportedly left with a multitude of broken bones from the blast and took shrapnel to 30 percent of his body. His canine companion also lost his left rear leg.


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The duo, who had become very close during Alcoser's deployment, had an emotional reunion at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System's Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center.

"On a day with a mission, we'd wake up, I would give him a doggie treat and I would have some ice cream before we went out, and when we got back, we usually slept," Alcoser said.

Alcoser said that in time, he hopes to work again as a soldier and be promoted to sergeant. 

"Alex ain't complaining, so I don't think I should, either," he said. "A lot of people call him a dog, but I think he's a little more than that. He's a soldier."


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