Megan Leavey was being honored by the team after winning the biggest fight of her civilian life — a battle against military red tape that was preventing her from adopting the dog she had fallen in love with.
Bomb-sniffing K-9 was Leavey’s constant companion during her time in the Marines. They went on more than 100 missions in Iraq from 2003 to 2006.
Megan Leavey’s march to the military began not long after she graduated from high school in 2001, where she was a softball standout in high school, and entered the State University of New York at Cortland.
After boot camp, Megan Leavey went to Military Police school, where she joined the K-9 program and was paired with Sgt. Rex.
After a year of intense rehabilitation in California for both Leavey and Rex, Leavey was honorably discharged. She asked to take Rex, but was denied because the Marines still needed him.
Mindy Franklin Levine, the wife of Yankees President Randy Levine, helped pitch the Leavey movie to Hollywood. Levine also is co-writing Leavey’s memoir.
Megan Leavey hopes the book, like the movie, will help anyone who follows in her footsteps.