A military working dog who was wounded in the same Iraq attack that killed his owner, is being adopted by the slain Marine's family.
Officials say the adoption of Lex, an 8-year-old German Shepherd, marks the first time the military has granted early retirement to a working dog so he could live with a former handler's family.
Military officials initially said the bomb-sniffing dog had another two years of service before he could be adopted.
"There's always going to be that missing link with Dusty gone, but part of Dusty is here with Lex," stated Jerome Lee, father of Dusty.
The adoption comes exactly nine months after the 20-year-old corporal died after a rocket attack in Iraq's Anbar Province.