Amy Jamieson
December 15, 2015 07:42 PM

It’s the holiday time nudge we all needed.

A photo of SPC Brown and his military working dog, Rocky, recovering at a hospital following an IED blast last week in Afghanistan is an important reminder of all who serve our country this holiday season — and thanks to thousands of shares on Facebook, the message has gone viral.

The pair, who arrived at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., on Friday and are staying in the same room, are being treated for injuries they suffered while searching for a structure in support of ongoing operations, a Facebook post on the 89th Military Police Brigade’s page said. A photo of the dog, who is apparently a German shepherd, with a purple heart hanging from his neck was shared nearly 200, 000 times.


One of our Military Working Dogs, Rocky, and his handler were injured this week during operations in Afghanistan. Rocky…

Posted by 89th Military Police Brigade on Wednesday, December 9, 2015

“They are both very thankful for your thoughts and prayers and are in the process of heading back home,” said the caption for the photo of the pair, posted on Dec. 11. “SPC Brown arrived early this morning to Walter Reed where he was met by his waiting family, and Rocky is expected to return to Fort Hood in the coming weeks.”

As so many of our nation’s servicemen and women spend the holidays on deployment, the brigade asked that none of them be forgotten as we are surrounded by our families at home.

“Please remember them, as well as all our Soldiers deployed around the world, during the holiday season. Proven in Battle!” the post read.


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