Soldier searching to adopt dog that shared a bomb blast

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HERCULANEUM, MO (KTVI) - A soldier, injured in Afghanistan, is desperately trying to find the army brother who saved his life. The army is giving him the run-around because that fellow soldier is a dog.

Army Specialist Brent Grommet is talking about a German Shepherd named Matty. Together their mission was to search the roads of Afghanistan for improvised explosive devices. But, last spring, when one of them exploded under their truck both Brent and Matty were injured. But, not bad enough to eventually be sent home. That is why he decided to adopt Matty.

Grommet filed all the forms. Then, on the same day Brent was having surgery on his back,he learned the army adopted Matty to someone else. That was last month, and ever since, Brent and his family have been trying to find Matty. They are hoping whoever adopted the dog would be willing to give him or sell him back to Brent. But, the army won't tell them anything.

What Brent is not running out of is determination. A trait he saw displayed by Matty every day of their mission.

Brent has been filing freedom of information requests and calling Senator Claire McCaskill's office.  A spokesperson for the senator says her office has been working on the case for several weeks and that they are hoping to have news from the Army very soon.

Brent is determined to find the dog he says saved his life many times so he can give Matty a new life. He says it will include a room just for Matty, full of his favorite thing, tennis balls.

20 comments

  • jad

    WHY WHY are people so mean to each other. Tell the poor guy where the dog is. Really army SHAME ON YOU!!! I am baffled how heartless people can be to each other.

  • ByeByeToTheRite

    Ah, our military brass treating their soldiers like trash, with no concern for anything but the lifetime pensions and other welfare handouts for the top brass. So what else is new?

    Cut the military budget in half. Save taxpayer money, and make some of the useless human garbage who runs the military go get real jobs.

    • Steven Sweeney

      Sounds like Obama and the ACA which left 40 vets to die in the VA hospital in Arizona.Obama repeatedly promised to fix the VA since ’09 (lied as usual) and the average wait for a vet is STILL nearly two years.That poor dog was also considered a veteran, so was probably served with peas and carrots after one of Bath house Barry’s golf vacations.

    • ByeByeToTheRite

      I know that funny me tell someone to get a real job cause I haven’t worked in over 5 years lol

  • don duffy honorably discharged air force

    give this man his friend back or at least tell him who has the dog so he can ask for visitation time shame on the army for adopting him out knowing full well he was wanting to adopt his friend just do whats right

  • Deanna

    Share this on facebook or any social media site. We may have a better chance in finding Matty if more people see what happened.

  • lg

    Cant tell the guy anything about the DOG because of red tape but we can tell the enemy EVERYTHING without second thought! They guy should have the dog. Praying for you soldier and goodluck.

  • Maureen Davis

    I’ve posted this on my timeline in hopes we can get help for this soldier and his dog. How could our gov treat this soldier, all service people in such a way? They have made so many sacrifices then to be treated in such manner.

  • Medic Lifeline

    I have a issue . How does he know he will love her more then the family blessed by adopting Matty ? Does he know that it may be a military family or veteran who suffers PTSD? Would he be willing to take her away from another veteran who may need her as a service dog and companion? Plus if people knew what it all was required to adopt a retired MWD, they would not judge the adoptive family. Some dogs have medical needs , medications and treatment costing THOUSANDS, and the adoptive family is responsible as they are NOT cared for by the military.. We were blessed to be able to adopt a retired MWD who was to find IEDs after injury and surgery. We love him and are a military family, we did not return him to his handler but stay in contact and welcome to visit. If this happens and the family chooses to keep Matty, I hope he understands and tries to adopt another MWD who needs a home after filling out the required forms.. There was a MWD posted a few weeks ago that needed a family, but could be a one dog home.
    99 % go back to their handlers IF able, the rest go in this order, active military , reserve, retired military, and then civilians.

    • A Fellow Ebert

      The dog saved his life, that is how he knows. If you are ever in a similar situation, which I hope you are not, then you may understand. If the current owner is suffering from PTSD then they will more than likely understand his situation. He never once said that he will love him more though. He just wants his brother back, his brother who saved his life. I am sure that he is also fully aware of the responsibilities that come along with adopting a MWD.

      • Medic Lifeline

        This is why the adoption information is closed, as the person who adopted his battle buddy may ALSO SUFFER from PTSD, and is closure . What if that family says “no” ? will the public go after them? Tim B listed a link, and there are hundreds of these brave MWDs/CWDs K9s
        , who NEED HOMES, even if he is not the one you handled, they still served saved lives and know what it is like.

  • Sharon

    There must be something that can be done. Please get in touch with the AMVETS in Herculaneum. Maybe if we get a whole organization behind you we will have a bigger impact.

  • BonusMommy

    I HOPE BRENT FINDS HIS FRIEND AND IF THE ARMY AND SOLDIERS ARE TRUE FAMILY TO ONE ANOTHER WHO EVER ADOPTED MATTY WOULD STEP UP AND GIVE HIM BACK TO BRENT… IM SURE EVERYONE KNOWS THIS IS HIS BATTLE BUDDY AND HIS BEST FRIEND AND THEY SHOULD BE TOGETHER.
    I PRAY WHO EVER ADOPTED MATTY WILL RETURN HIM BACK TO BRENT ASAP..
    SO MANY PRAYERS.

  • snaps

    In reading the responses from others about taking the dog from the person who currently has Matty, he should be man enough to come forward and give the dog back. Matty was stolen from Brent. He should have never been given to someone else in the first place. Matty deserves to be at home with his brother Brent. The person who currently has Matty can adopt another dog. The staff at the shelter who gave Matty away should provide the false owner with another dog. How would you feel if you left your dog with trusting people and then they turn on you and give your dog to.someoneelse? I would be heartbroken. I pray Matty finds his way home to Brent soon.

  • JC

    Channel 2 just gave a update that the dog was in a shelter and was adopted out to another family while he is in rehab, Shelter should of make sure he was not a stray and that he had a owner before they adopted him out, What a mess! I hope the adopted family heres this story and comes forward with his dog, and I home the shelters be more careful before adopting lost or homeless pets.

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