The family of a fallen Marine is one step closer to adopting the dog who was with him when he died, but the battle is far from over.
Corporal Dustin Lee, a 20-year-old Marine based in Albany, Georgia, was paired in Iraq with Lex, a bomb-sniffing German Shepherd that was trained here in Jacksonville.
Lee was killed in March, by a rocket propelled grenade. Lex was also injured and stayed by Lee's side as he died. The dog was brought back to Camp Lejeune for three months and recovered.
Lex is now at the base in Albany. Lee's family from Mississippi is trying to adopt the dog, but the military is still using Lex for training and other work.
North Carolina Congressman Walter B. Jones is now working to help the family adopt Lex. We'll keep you posted on the progress.
To see a memorial site for Lee or to sign a petition for the adoption of Lex, see the related links below.