Ct Patriot: When I first heard about this story I was intrigued being a dog lover and a big supporter of our troops regardless of their mission. The more I listened I went from sad to outrage pretty quick. This soldier Brent Grommet and his war dog Matty went to hell and back together. Not only is it the Law but it’s the right thing to do. I am asking all of you to push this issue. Let’s make Mr. Richard Vargas who now works privately for the Pentagon to explain why he stole this hero’s dog. What he did with Matty? And why does he think he can just do what he want’s to a war hero?
On July 20, 2013, Spc. Brent Grommet returned from Afghanistan with his military working dog, a Czech German shepherd named Matty. The two had gone through basic training together, deployed together and were injured together when a roadside IED detonated.
Grommet slept on top of Matty’s crate as they flew back to the United States. Upon landing at an Air Force base in New Jersey, the two were separated — standard operating procedure.
Grommet wasn’t worried, though: According to Army regulations, if he wanted Matty, he had the sole right to adopt his military working dog. This right is colloquially known as Robby’s Law, and was signed by President Clinton in 2000.
Grommet had already filled out the adoption paperwork in the Middle East and handed it over to K2 Solutions, the private firm that then contracted with the Army on canine issues — and who took Matty for an examination.
But Brent Grommet never saw Matty again. He says a Lt. Col. Richard Vargas absconded with Matty, and the military has done nothing to make it right.
“It’s like someone stole your kid in front of you,” Grommet says, “and there’s nothing you can do about it.”
Grommet, now 23, came back from Afghanistan with traumatic brain injury, hearing loss and spinal-cord injury. The latter required surgery and still causes him severe daily pain. He also suffers from migraines, chronic breathing problems and PTSD.
It Takes a ‘Savage’ Manning a ‘Post’ to Fight for a Hero’s Dog
Nov 13, 2014
Michael Savage stands out in the world of talk radio because of his willingness to call out anyone or anything. The New York Post stands out as a one-time tabloid that has turned into a beacon of honesty. This newspaper will report the truth when others seek to hide it.
An underreported truth of late is the story of U.S. Army Spc. Brent Grommet and his one-time military companion, a German Shepard named Matty. They are heroes who are worth fighting for. In July 2013, Spc. Grommet returned from Afghanistan with Matty still by his side. In the service of our nation, the two had trained together, deployed together and suffered injuries together. It seems Matty was left lame in one leg from the same explosion that injured Grommet.
So what do Michael Savage and the Post have to do with Grommet and Matty? Absolutely everything.
It’s important to recall that Grommet, just a low-ranking enlisted man, is but an afterthought among bejeweled and bedizened military brass. One would think his right to adopt Matty would be assured by a law specifying just that right. It was signed into law by former President Bill Clinton, and it gives the sole right for a military working dog to be turned over permanently to the soldier to whom it was originally assigned. But apparently one Lt. Col. Richard Vargas refused to allow the rehabilitating Grommet to adopt his companion dog now that the soldier is home.
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