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When a sniper’s bullet struck Pfc. Colton Rusk, the first to reach his body was his best friend Eli– a bomb-sniffing, black Labrador so loyal he snapped at other Marines who rushed to his fallen handler. Military dogs are supposed to sleep in kennels when deployed, but Rusk broke the rules and let Eli curl up with him on his cot. Other times, the dog took up the entire sleeping bag. Rusk ate ready-to-eat meals, so that’s what Eli ate instead of dog food. "Whatever is mine is his," Rusk…

Fallen Marine's dog now is with his family

When a sniper’s bullet struck Pfc. Colton Rusk, the first to reach his body was his best friend Eli– a bomb-sniffing, black Labrador so loyal he snapped at other Marines who rushed to his fallen handler. Military dogs are supposed to sleep in kennels when deployed, but Rusk broke the rules and let Eli curl up with him on his cot. Other times, the dog took up the entire sleeping bag. Rusk ate ready-to-eat meals, so that’s what Eli ate instead of dog food. "Whatever is mine is his," Rusk…

Lex, a German Shepherd, lost his trainer, 20-year-old Marine Corp. Dustin Lee, who died in a mortar attack in Falluja in 2007. Lex, who had played with and slept alongside Corp. Lee throughout their service, was also injured in the attack.  The dog at first refused to leave his side and had to be pulled away. Lee’s family lobbied extensively for the Marines to retire Lex before the customary age of 10. Lex is now living with the Lees at their home in rural Mississippi.

Lex, a German Shepherd, lost his trainer, 20-year-old Marine Corp. Dustin Lee, who died in a mortar attack in Falluja in 2007. Lex, who had played with and slept alongside Corp. Lee throughout their service, was also injured in the attack. The dog at first refused to leave his side and had to be pulled away. Lee’s family lobbied extensively for the Marines to retire Lex before the customary age of 10. Lex is now living with the Lees at their home in rural Mississippi.

Born two months into her Marine dad's deployment to Afghanistan, the moment 5-month-old Ayanna meets her father: | 22 Life-Affirming Photos Of Servicemen And Women Coming Home From Deployment

22 Life-Affirming Photos Of Servicemen And Women Coming Home From Deployment

Born two months into her Marine dad's deployment to Afghanistan, the moment 5-month-old Ayanna meets her father: | 22 Life-Affirming Photos Of Servicemen And Women Coming Home From Deployment

"The eagle couldn't have picked a better person." Photo of eagle sitting on Minneapolis' Fort Snelling National Cemetery gravestone of Sgt. Maurice Ruch touches hearts, goes viral. *Click to read the whole, touching story...

"The eagle couldn't have picked a better person." Photo of eagle sitting on Minneapolis' Fort Snelling National Cemetery gravestone of Sgt. Maurice Ruch touches hearts, goes viral. *Click to read the whole, touching story...

This little man is paying his respects to a loved one at Arlington National Cemetery.

This little man is paying his respects to a loved one at Arlington National Cemetery.

Heart melts

Heart melts

For the past 6 years, a German shepherd called Captain has slept next to the grave of his owner every night at 6 pm. His owner, Miguel Guzmán died in Captáin, the dog, disappeared while the f…

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