Megan Leavey is a US Marine corporal who served as a Military Police K9 handler. She was paired with military working dog Rex (E168). The pair served two deployments in Iraq together. They were first deployed to Fallujah in 2005, and then to Ramadi in 2006, where they were both wounded by an improvised explosive device. Leavey was awarded the Purple Heart and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with a "V" device denoting heroism in combat..
When the Master Sergeant (MSgt) first introduces the new-joins, he refers to Megan Leavey as "Private" but her rank insignia is "Private First Class" The Marine Corps does not refer to Privates First Class as "Privates". The Master Sergeant should have introduced her as, "PFC Leavey." See more »
They're not even dogs anymore. They're warriors, and they come back with all the same issues we do.
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Before the end credits, there was footage of Rex in the pool and photos of him and the real Megan Leavey. See more »
The story of the bond between humans & animals....
My husband and I were fortunate to attend a premier of this movie last night and we really enjoyed it much more than expected. Although it was meaningful in that my own daughter was a Marine and of course the scenes at graduation ceremony in Parris Island brought back so many memories...but it was her loyalty to this dog and the way they were able to capture it on film that endured me. Despite all the odds against her, she was NOT going to let this dog perish in the system. He deserved better and she fought to make sure he got better. THAT is a beautiful thing! <3
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