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Sergeant reunited with military service dog

Sergeant Reunited With Military Service Dog

This is the moment Marine Sgt. Sam Wettstein was reunited with his service dog, Belle.

She served as his sidekick in Afghanistan for 7 months sniffing out improvised explosive devices (IEDs), but when their service ended so did their time together. Something Sam says he tried to avoid.

He told KGTV, "During the deployment, I tried to slap down some adoption papers to see if I was able to get her, but was told, unfortunately, I was not going to receive her."

Belle continued her training until Mission K9 Rescue stepped in. The organization helps bring military dogs back together with the soldiers they helped overseas, ensuring that their retirement into a happy home.

Lawmakers are trying to make it easier for veterans to reunite with their dogs. It's estimated that each war dog saves up to 200 U.S. military service members during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Last year, Marine Lance Corporal Brad O'Keefe finally tracked down Earl, the bomb-sniffing dog that saved his life and 13 other soldiers while they were in Afghanistan in 2010. It took several years until he found Earl working with state police in Rhode Island but the long search came to a happy end when they let him adopt his former companion at no cost!

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Anne Boleyns Crown August 05 2014 at 7:24 AM

Most of can't imagine what soldiers go through during war. Few things are more healing than the love of an animal so stories like this will continue to make me smile.

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g999s August 05 2014 at 8:00 AM

A nice story , for a change.

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vjcinpalmbeach g999s August 05 2014 at 6:09 PM

The idiot comments......

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kanga573 g999s August 05 2014 at 7:50 PM

Done 4,000 times. Grow up.

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bilhee August 05 2014 at 8:11 AM

THis is great…Even though I disagree with the stupid wars, I'm sure glad somebody cares about the soldiers who served and their canine companions

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artic55wolf August 05 2014 at 8:59 AM

This is a heartwarming story. I only wish we could have seen more of the blonde dog instead of the blonde ditz announcer.

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endmillll August 05 2014 at 8:45 AM

Its not a dog its a soldier.

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fmasone August 05 2014 at 8:07 AM

NICE STORY dog is a mans/womens best friend

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phpoling August 05 2014 at 12:28 PM

Thank you for your services and Belle's services for our country! Welcome home Belle and may she live a long happy life with her family!

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CAMERON phpoling August 05 2014 at 3:10 PM


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gmcorbin958 phpoling August 05 2014 at 5:39 PM

Amen! They Both earned the Right to Live in peace!

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Anna August 05 2014 at 9:07 AM

The right to adopt these dogs after their service by a former handler ought to be a gimme. These dogs are just as much heros as the men they work with. They are better 'human beings' than a lot of selfish people walking around this country.

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tunnel3 August 05 2014 at 8:29 AM

we all love animals. Look, if you sign up for a job, you don't deserve special treatment.

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Valerie tunnel3 August 05 2014 at 9:17 AM

Your jealousy is really showing! Another A-hole with a sorry life! Enjoy your 10% discount on your job. You know, that special treatment you're not entitled to!

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ranger197172 August 05 2014 at 6:28 AM

You are one sick puppy.

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Valerie ranger197172 August 05 2014 at 9:23 AM

That's just how jerks and jealous people are. Very sad, isn't it? Just needed to see his name on the screen.

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gmcorbin958 Valerie August 05 2014 at 5:42 PM

People like that dont understand! They sit on the sidelines all their lives and complain about the Security, Freedoms and other luxuries that are provided by Men and DOGS walking the line for them to have such! Yet They think they are smart!

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