Grommet and Matty, who specialized in
detecting IEDs, were injured when one exploded near them in Afghanistan.
Grommet came back with PTSD, traumatic brain injury, migraines, severe
chronic back pain and breathing problems.
Under Robby’s Law — signed by Bill
Clinton in 2000 — military dog handlers have the first right to adopt
their animals if injured together. Upon returning from Afghanistan in
July 2013, Grommet and Matty were separated by the Army, and Grommet
never saw Matty again. “It’s like someone took your kid in front of you —
and there’s nothing you can do about it,” Grommet said.
On Friday, Grommet and his parents
drove 17 hours from Fort Campbell, Ky., to South Carolina, where Matty
had been living since 2013. (Grommet had to sign a non-disclosure
agreement to keep the identity of the South Carolina “owner” secret).
Grommet stopped about 25 feet away
from Matty’s kennel, too nervous to see him. “I was a little worried he
forgot me,” Grommet said. Then he called his name. When the kennel door
opened, Matty charged. “He jumped all over me,” Grommet said. “I
couldn’t have asked for a better response. I knew then that he
remembered me, and truly wanted to be with me.”
Grommet told The Post that Matty will
be the best medicine for all his war injuries. “It’s very hard to be
upset around him,” Grommet said. “He brings a lot of light into