The emotional reunion of two brave soldiers who were injured as a result of a suicide bombing testifies about the hard life of those who combat in the army and what they risk for the well-being of the country. Army Spc. Alec Alcoser and his partner Alex are true national heroes who were awarded Purple Hearts for Heroism. This is their story.
On August 5, they were walking along a narrow street in Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, and just when they turned the corner there was a young Afghan man who was coming towards them. As the man blew himself up, Alcoser ended up with several broken bones and with his body covered in shrapnel. He as well suffered brain injury.
Alex, Alcoser’s partner who is an 8-year-old dog lost his leg in the attack. The partners were extremely close and did everything together during their serving in Afghanistan. They endured many military missions and have proven their selfless service, loyalty, and courage during each of those operations.
“On a day with a mission, we’d wake up, I would give him a doggie treat and I would have some ice cream before we went out, and when we got back, we usually slept,” Alcoser said. “That was a normal day for me and Alex out there.”
However, during the recovery process the partners were separated and according to Alcoser that was the most difficult part of all. The doctors believed that Alcoser would be able to recover in six months time, but this young man’s desire to be on his feet again was so strong that he started walking again in a month time. The doctors say he has a good chance of making full recovery. Alcoser is eager to recover completely and be together with his dog again.
Source: Mike RodaKnowing how inseparable Alcoser and his partner were, the staff from the South Texas Veterans Health Care System’s Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center knew he couldn’t wait that long to meet Alex again so they surprised their patient with a visit by the furry hero.
The reunion was described as touching and tearful.
Meeting his dog for the first time after the attack encouraged Alcoser to be even more dedicated to the process of recovery, because that would mean reuniting with Alex for good. He has positive perspective on life.
“I don’t have any frustrations, I just take it day by day, that’s all I can do,” he said. “There’s no point in being mad or sad or anything like that.”
“I’ve got to live through the people who died for me, so they give me a lot of strength. And Alex ain’t complaining, so I don’t think I should, either. His injuries are a little worse than mine. A lot of people call him a dog, but I think he’s a little more than that. He’s a soldier.”
This story makes us aware of the consequences of the life in the military. That is why we should always pay tribute to those who died for our country and respect those who are still there, fighting for our freedom.