Dog and soldier finally reunited after Afghanistan bomb explosion in June 2013
HERCULANEUM, Mo. — A soldier from Missouri who served in Afghanistan on a bomb detection team is celebrating a happy ending that he wasn’t sure would ever happen.
Army Specialist Brent Grommet and his fellow soldiers scouted for hidden bombs alongside a German Shepherd named Matty until June 2013 when a roadside blast ended both their careers.
Grommet filed the paperwork to adopt Matty, but for unexplained reasons, Matty was given to someone else.
‘I was starting to believe it wasn’t going to happen and then everything all of a sudden started turning around for the better,’ Grommet told KTVI-TV.
FOX Newschannel picked up the story done by FOX-4 sister station KTVI, interviewing Grommet’s father about their search for Matty.
Within 30 minutes of the FOX report, Grommet got good news.
North Carolina congressman Richard Hudson, who had heard about the story earlier in the week, used his contacts to find the dog and persuaded the family that adopted Matty to return him to Grommet.
This past weekend, Grommet and Matty were reunited.
‘He went as fast as he physically could over to me, about tackled me to the ground, and we were just rolling around having a good time,’ said Grommet.
Grommet gets out of the army in two months and is hoping Matty can live with him on base at Fort Campbell in Kentucky until his service ends.