Veteran Reunited With The Dog He Left In Afghanistan

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If you’ve ever seen veterans being reunited with their families after tours overseas, either in a video or in person, you know that these reunions are truly emotionally moving spectacles. Another kind of reunion, one that happens much less frequently, but with no less joy, does exist. For Staff Sergeant Kevin Brady, an Army National Guardsman, this special event took place on a very fitting day.

On July 4th, SSG Brady got to see his best friend from his recent tour in Afghanistan for the first time in two months. His companion, who was with him and his unit for much of their time in Afghanistan, is Bailey, an Anatolian shepherd mix.

The dog had originally been following around an Afghani army unit, but quickly became more attached to the American unit of which Brady was a part.

Brady, who recently finished his second tour, said [Bailey] provided comfort to soldiers who were away from their kids, families and pets.

How awesome is that? These guys were overseas, fighting for our freedom, living without the amenities we’re used to having here, they were away from their families, and this dog was able to boost their morale during what were surely trying times.

Sadly, when Brady’s unit redeployed stateside, they were unable to bring Bailey back. Obviously, this was very hard for both SSG Brady and Bailey. Of course, while this is sad, you have to understand that the military can’t really take dogs back from war zones. It’s not their job, nor is it their priority. The military’s logistical prowess is used for moving men and materiel to and from the battlefield in order to support the mission at hand, and sadly, that usually means dogs found overseas must be left behind.

Fortunately, an organization called Guardians of Rescue was able to intervene. In only nine days, Guardians of Rescue was able to raise $5,000 in order to send Bailey back to SSG Brady. With the assistance of Nowzad, a dog rescue organization in Afghanistan, Bailey was able to get vaccinations, get spayed, and sent to a stopover point at a kennel in Dubai.

After that quick stop, she was shipped to JFK International Airport in New York. From there, the co-founder of Guardians of Rescue, Dori Scofield, picked up Bailey from the airport’s cargo area on July 2nd.

Two days later, on Independence Day, Bailey and Brady were reunited. SSG Brady, a sheriff’s deputy in Placer County, California, picked up Bailey and brought her across the country to her new home she’ll share with the him and his two sons.

If that story doesn’t get you going, I don’t know what will. Maybe seeing the video of their reunion will do the trick.

[via Times Beacon Record]

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BlutarskyTFM (@BlutoGrandex) is a contributing writer for Total Frat Move and Post Grad Problems, the self-appointed Senior Military Analyst for TFM News, founder of the #YesAllMenWhoWearHawaiianShirts Movement, and, on an unrelated note, a huge fan of buffets. While by no means an athletic man, he was the four-square champion of his elementary school in 1997. When not writing poorly organized columns or cracking stupid, inappropriate jokes on Twitter, Bluto pretends to be well-read, finds excuses not to exercise, and actually has a real job.

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    The Baron

    Man, this does my heart good. I just had to put my hound down today after battling cancer. It’s uplifting to see the happiness that a dog and it’s owner can bring each other.

    If you have a dog, be sure to give them plenty of TLC and an extra treat when you get home. If they’re not allowed on the couch, let them on it for a little bit. If you don’t let them sleep with you, have them curl up at your feet for the night.

    It seems like I just picked that little guy up with my Parents a week ago and 14 years later here I am writing this though blurry eyes after burying him. It sure went by in a blink, but I was blessed to have him.

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      theTOKENfratter

      damn baron, you really made me tear up there (in all sincerity) I usually do not let my dogs sleep with me ( i have three) but i think tonight is going to be an airbud marathon.

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      Marion_M_Morrison

      Sorry to hear that. I’ve seen a couple of them go myself and it really is hard. And sleeping with a good dog at your feet is second only to a 7+ female.

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    J_Brum

    These videos get me every. single. time. These and the Soldiers and Marines surprising their family members. If you don’t get chills and teary eyes, then fuck you, commie.

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    Tucker

    There are few things that make me shed a couple tears. Mike Piazza’s HR back in 01, and watching Soldiers Homecoming videos.

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