Military Tone Deaf on Pets in a Combat Zone, Keeping Battle-Buddies Apart!

By | March 10, 2012

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  1. Jeremy Griffith

    Thanks Connie for your interest in this story. It’s heart warming that people care. I would encourage you to write to your congressman and ask them to support Sen. Chuck Schumer’s efforts to expedite the adoption process. Ask them to support the bill in congress called the Canine Members of the Military Act that would set out guidelines for such adoptions in the future. And if you like, contact Mike Dowling, Rex’s first handler at his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sergeant-Rex/208526799223563

    or Megan Leavey on her FB page:https://www.facebook.com/Megalodon.Leavey
    Thanks.

  2. Jeremy Griffith

    I have had comments from some of you regarding how to help CPL Leavey adopt Sgt. Rex. Sen. Charles Schumer D-NY has sent a letter to the Secretary of the Air Force which oversees the Military Working Dog program and asked that the process of adoption be expedited. I would recommend everyone interested in this story write to their legislators, mention the story and ask that they support Sen. Schumer’s efforts.

    Also, Sgt. Rex has a fan page on Facebook, put up by Rex’s original handler. I recommend you visit it and like it and use social media to get the word out to your friends. The more people who are aware of this situation, the better.

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sergeant-Rex/208526799223563

    1. Connie Vasquez

      The following is a note I sent to The Lexus Project. I have no idea how to suggest to Megan that she contact them ans request their assistance. If you have any idea how to pass this info along I would appreciate it.

      Response from The Lexus Project:

      We need to hear from Meagan.

      Tell her to supply all paperwork regrading the dog and the denial to adopt him. After we
      Receive the info we will see if this is something we can look into when we can.

      Thanks.

      Robin
      The Lexus Project
      http://www.thelexusproject.org

      Sent from my iPhone

      On Mar 10, 2012, at 10:03 PM, Connie Vasquez wrote:

      To Whom It May Concern,

      We are writing on behalf of Marine Corporal Megan Leavy and her long term, fellow, four legged soldier, Rex. In December 2007, Megan began her efforts to adopt Rex who is simply being housed in a military kennel at this time and who remains in immediate danger of being put to sleep as he is considered no longer “useful”. I am outraged at this appalling lack of compassion and proper respect that I believe each and every United States soldier deserves, be they two legged or four. Many members of our family have served proudly in our military forces, as law enforcement officers, and as firemen. We know all too well the value and importance of uninhibitedly serving the public’s needs without regard for personal safety. And we have witnessed first hand the indescribable, special bond that exists among those who work side by side under such honorable and dangerous circumstances. Corporal Leavy and Rex have served proudly and they deserve to retire together in peace, honor, and dignity. Their cause tugs at our heartstrings. In a time of political turmoil and financial instability, the public needs to have their faith in justice and humanity restored and bolstered. The military has a golden opportunity to do what is right in this case and to gift the public with a heartwarming reunion that would go a long way in doing so. We implore you, please take the necessary steps to right this wrong. Thank you for your time and assistance.

      Connie Vasquez