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"Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victim may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated, but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience." ~ CS Lewis
I pray the media attention on this story and Senator Schumer’s efforts make the Pentagon to get its ass in gear. This brave military dog should not have to pay the ultimate price because of an over bloated bureaucracy.
A former Marine is hitting bureaucratic red tape in her quest to adopt the military service dog she served with in Iraq before it is put down.
Former Corporal Megan Leavey, of Rockland County, wants to take in a German shepherd named Sergeant Rex. They hunted for IEDs on Iraq during two tours of duty.
They were both severely injured in Iraq when an IED exploded near them. The dog is 10 years old now and can no longer serve.
“This is not (the Marines) first priority,” Leavey admits, “A lot of times it gets lost in the shuffle.”
But time is running out for the faithful dog.
“He’s done his duty. It’s time for him to relax,” Leavey says.
Sen. Charles Schumer has stepped in and has asked the military to expedite Leavey’s application to adopt Sergeant Rex before he is put to sleep.
“The Marines don’t have a reason against reuniting them, it’s just a slow bureaucracy,” Shumer says.
“It’s life or death,” Leavey says for her former partner.
This is such a wonderful gesture. My husband’s family is thrilled that Jim’s life and sacrifice are being honored in this way.
Congressman Dan Benishek (MI-01) today authored legislation to name the circle drive at the Oscar G. Johnson Veterans Center in honor of the late Sgt. First Class James Priestap of Foster City.
Sgt. Priestap gave his life in the effort to protect America’s freedom. His sacrifice and service will never be forgotten in our community. I am profoundly honored to introduce this legislation to memorialize one of Northern Michigan’s true heroes,” said Benishek, a general surgeon who worked at the Oscar G. Johnson Veterans Hospital before coming to Congress.
Born in Royal Oak in 1967, Priestap graduated from North Dickinson High School in 1985. From there he attended Ferris State University and Northern Michigan University before joining the U.S. Navy as a rescue swimmer. Sgt. Priestap also worked as a police deputy in Sarasota, Florida as well as an officer at the Iron Mountain Veteran’s Administration Medical Center and the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Department.
While bravely serving his nation in Iraq, Sgt. Priestap was killed in action on Thanksgiving Day, November 23, 2006. Sgt. Priestap’s awards and decorations include: the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart Medal, the Navy, Marine and Army Achievement Medals, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terror Service Medal and the Combat Action Badge.
“Throughout his career, Sgt. Priestap chose to put his country and community before his own interests. While this is a small gesture of gratitude for Sgt. Priestap’s sacrifice, the naming of this drive will serve as a lasting memorial for his family and all those whose lives he touched,” added Benishek.