Valley Cottage Marine and her Military Dog Inducted into NYS Senate Veterans Hall of Fame

Valley Cottage’s Purple Heart-decorated Marine Corporal Megan Leavey and her military working dog, Rex, were inducted into the New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame earlier this week. Corporal Leavey and Rex served two tours in Iraq together where they carried out sweeps for explosives. Rockland State Senator David Carlucci nominated Corporal Leavey for the honor…

Audio: Megan Leavey

Corporal Leavey and Rex completed two six-month tours in Iraq and more than 100 missions together. Senator Carlucci says getting the job she had, and then getting Rex, didn’t come easy…

Audio: David Carlucci

In 2006, Corporal Leavey and Rex were wounded as insurgents detonated a bomb near them while they were sweeping the area. Cpl. Leavey was able to adopt Rex in 2012, though he died about 8 months later. Their story was made into a Hollywood movie last year

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