GOOD NEWS Wounded Soldier & His Injured Military Dog Awarded Purple Hearts, Reunited in Texas
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.
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."