VETERAN SEARCHES FOR HIS BELOVED MILITARY DOG - “Leaving Diego behind, though, was probably the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” he said tearfully. “Leaving a best friend who had saved my life multiple times over in Iraq.”
Army veteran Sgt. Logan Black is searching for his partner, Diego, a Specialized Search Dog. During almost two years, Diego and his handler were responsible for the discovery of over 200,000 pounds of munitions and explosives in Iraq. When Black left the army in 2008, he had to leave Diego behind. Black later learned that Diego was sent home from Iraq due to post-traumatic stress disorder and was given to the Transportation Security Administration. Normally, military dogs are adopted with first preference with their human handlers. However, Black was never given the opportunity. Here’s more from the “Bring Diego Home” Facebook Page:
We were both exposed to multiple IED’s (roadside bombs) and firefights which led to both of us suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. When I left the Army in ‘07 it meant leaving Diego and it broke my heart.
I’ve now learned that Diego didn’t finish his second deployment due to his PTSD and was declared non-mission capable. Normally this would lead to him being adopted out of the service and priority goes to his first handler. The Army failed to notify me of his condition and Diego was sent to work for the TSA.
Hopefully, Diego will be found and given the opportunity to live with his beloved handler and friend. Diego, a Yellow Labrador, has served enough and he deserves to enjoy retirement in a loving home. Click here for the official Facebook page, and here for more from fox4kc.com.