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Cpl. Sean Grady, a dog handler and pointman with Echo Company, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, and Ace, an improvised explosive device detection dog, pause for a break while sweeping a chokepoint during a patrol here, April 27, 2012.

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alfred V. Lopez)

Task and Purpose

Heroes come in all forms, shapes, and sizes. Some walk upright on two legs, and others rove on four, with wagging tails and shaggy fur. Marine Cpl. Jeff DeYoung and his military working dog, Cena, supported combat operations in Helmand province, and were wounded in the line of duty —- DeYoung used his body to shield Cena from incoming machine gun fire — but continued their mission, even participating in Operation Moshtarak, the largest operation in Afghanistan at the time.

DeYoung and Cena were separated on April 25, 2010, after the Marine’s deployment ended.  After his separation, DeYoung began to struggle with post traumatic stress. But, on June 5, 2014, Cena was retired from military service and adopted by her former partner, DeYoung.

Fox News reports that though DeYoung still has the occasional nightmare — so does Cena — both are doing better, and they seem to have found solace and comfort in their reunion.

Get the full story at Fox News.

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