Fort Bragg soldier pleads for help in bringing combat dog back home

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Specialist Brent Grommet is fighting a different kind of battle these days. Back from Afghanistan, he’s coping with and recovering from spinal and traumatic brain injuries and PTSD.

But it seems his own progress is taking a backseat to another mission. Grommet is trying to get his dog back, according to WTVD-TV.

The 23-year-old soldier is assigned to the 101st Airborne Division out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky, but his focus has been on the Fort Bragg area where he’s been told his combat buddy, a young German Shepard named Matty, now lives. The challenge is now to convince Matty’s adopted family to return him to the first friend he ever knew.

“They’re not dog and handler, they’re brothers,” said Don Grommet, the soldier’s father.

Specialist Grommet and Matty were paired in the fall of 2012 as a part of the Tactical Explosive Detector Dog program. After graduating…

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