Military Dog Lex Remembered By His Family

By: Nick Adam Email
By: Nick Adam Email

Lex was the former dog of Corporal Dustin Lee of Stonewall.

Lee was killed, and Lex injured in Iraq in 2007, and Lee's family adopted Lex, but now, that link to their son is gone.

Rachel Lee, Dustin's mother and Lex's adopted owner, says she knew this day would come eventually, but knowing it didn't make it any easier for the family that had grown so close to Lex.

"Besides the obvious of being able to touch something Dustin touched, it goes beyond," says Lee.

Lex, along with Lee, helped deliver Dustin's message across the country, providing unique therapy to wounded soldiers, and giving children a chance to hear Dustin's story.

With Lex gone, his family is making sure he will not be forgotten. Right now Lee says that military working dogs are officially classified as equipment, but her experience with Lex has led her to fight for a change to that title.

"That was one of our goals, to change the outlook of the way people look at military working dogs."

Another goal for Lee, fighting for federal support for families who adopt animals who served in the military.

Lee started a fund called Angels for Lex. That fund helped her pay for treatment for the dog that so bravely looked after her son.

With Lex gone, Lee says her work is not done. If you would like more information on military working dogs, and to keep up with Lee's work, you can search "Angels for Lex" on facebook.


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  • by Dell Location: Quitman, ms. on Mar 31, 2012 at 04:46 PM
    I just found out about Lex and it is a very sad thing to find out about. Lex was a wonderful Marine. I am glad to have met Lex, he was a great dog!!
  • by sue ann on Mar 29, 2012 at 08:04 AM
    Lex was loved and he loved in return. military dogs need to be honored. Good Luck in this endeaver.
  • by Willie Location: Phoenix, AZ on Mar 28, 2012 at 09:19 PM
    Lex will be missed. I met the LeeFamilyand Lex when they were in Phoenix, AZ for the Veteran Day Parade. Lex looked "Proud" as a Marine should. I'm an Ole Marine Sergeant Major and I salute you Lex and "Thannk You For Your Service"> Rest In Peace. Willie Reed SgtMaj USMC (ret)
  • by Terry Location: Maben, Mississippi on Mar 28, 2012 at 08:04 PM
    I just heard about the death of Lex, and it is a sad time. I am so glad I got to meet Lex, in starkville, a few months ago. I will keep the family in my prayers.
  • by lela Phillips Location: meridian,miss. on Mar 28, 2012 at 12:49 PM
    Sorry the lost of lex . May the memories of him n your son still live on work. Be bless n take care.
  • by Martha Stokes on Mar 28, 2012 at 09:35 AM
    May God bless the Lee family. RIP Marine K9 Lex, a true hero.
  • by Donna Wedgeworth Barham on Mar 28, 2012 at 09:21 AM
    May God Bless Lex and all the other Military Working Dogs and their handlers and Keep them safe. I have in my application to give one of these brave souls a loving home. I hope "Angels for Lex" all my best-it's a great cause. These animals are not equipment but living breathing creatures designed by God with feelings!
  • by Sandy Wedgeworth Location: P/NC Career Tech Center on Mar 28, 2012 at 07:48 AM
    Jerome Lee, Dustin's Dad, brought Lex to our center several years ago and spoke with our students on our 9-11 Remembrance Day. We all fell in love with Lex. He was a beautiful, loving dog. I feel like we have lost another life to the war. God Bless Jerome and his family.
  • by lela Phillips Location: meridian,miss. on Mar 27, 2012 at 07:02 PM
    Sorry the lost of lex . May the memories of him n your son still live on work. Be bless n take care.
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