After an IED in Afghanistan left Specialist Andrew Brown unable to walk and his military working dog, Sergeant Rocky, with a broken femur and injuries to his tail, they were awarded Purple Hearts. During their intensive recovery they were separated for nearly three months.
Brown received physiotherapy to learn how to walk again and Sgt. Rocky had more than 4,000 hours of surgery, medical care and physical therapy at Dog Center Europe, according to Stars and Stripes.
While it’s uncertain when either of them will return to duty, SPC Brown told ABC News that he doesn’t “have a timeline of when I’ll be back to Fort Hood or be back to active duty. So I’m just taking it day by day and hopefully I’ll be back there soon.” Brown and his family has their arms wide open for Sgt. Rocky if he is medically retired.