Hometown Happenings

With George Hoehmann, Supervisor, Town of Clarkstown

Megan Leavey, A True American Hero

Many of you may recognize the name Megan Leavey, especially if you’ve seen the inspiring movie trailer featuring her life story, playing all throughout the media recently. The full-length feature film debuts June 9 in theaters nationwide. What many of you may not realize is that Megan Leavey is a Clarkstown native, who grew up right here in Valley Cottage, attending Nyack schools.

The movie is based on the true story of a young Marine corporal whose unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq.

In 2003, Megan enlisted in the Marines and is quoted, as saying 9/11 was the main reason. She enrolled to be a member of the military police K-9 unit and was paired with a German shepherd named Rex. Together they served two tours in Iraq completing more than 100 missions. They saved many lives while putting their own at risk. In September 2006, they were both injured by an IED suffering serious injuries. After a year of recovering, she honorably left the military. Megan was awarded the Purple Heart.

Megan tried to adopt Rex when she returned home and was originally told no. With the help of Jerry Donnellan from the Rockland County Veterans Affairs office, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, and many others, Megan was able to eventually adopt Rex after he was retired from the military and bring him home.

Megan’s heartfelt story is touching people everywhere. Her bravery, heroism, and loyalty are truly admirable. The Town of Clarkstown is so very proud to call her one of our own, and now the entire nation can see why when her movie comes out tomorrow in theatres everywhere.

Later this year, we will honor Megan, but for now, we thank her for tenacity, heroism and service to our nation. Please go visit theaters and watch “Megan Leavey.”