The band between two soldiers goes beyond the call of duty. Army specialist Alec Alcoser and his bomb sniffing dog, Alex have spent 3 years together on countless missions and one of the most recent was a tour in Afghanistan. They spent all of their time together, even sleeping on the same bed in their missions. Together, they find IEDs and bombs together, putting themselves at the front line just to make sure that no one gets hurt behind them.
It was their last mission in August that their lives had changed forever. While on a foot patrol, a suicide bomber attacked. They both suffered severe injuries and with Alex limping and laying down next to his handler, Alec, the dog was bleeding so hard and the two were lifted. Alcoser was reportedly left with a multitude of broken bones from the blast and his canine companion lost his left rear leg.
The both were separated for quite some time as they underwent their individual recovery process. Alcoser was rehabilitating in at VA’s polytrauma unit and his canine companion, Alex, is at Joint Base San Antonio – Lackland. After months of rehabilitation, the pair was finally reunited at Audie L. Murphy Memorial VA Hospital, Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas.
Because of their great selflessness and love for their country, Alec received a purple heart and Alex received the K9 equivalent, the purple paw. Despite having only 3 legs, Alec still wants to go out, walk his dog, run, and do the things that they always do. Their story didn’t end in war because Alec adopted his former battle buddy vowing to their last mission – to never walk alone.