Marine Corporal Jose Armenta on NPR’s “Fresh Air with Terry Gross”


Marine Corporal Jose Armenta described to NPR’s Terry Gross his job patrolling ahead of his platoon searching for roadside IEDs planted by the Taliban in Afghanistan with his dog, Zenit, (pronounced ZEE-nit), a 78-pound German shepherd trained for explosives detection. Armenta narrowly survived an undetected bomb blast, but needed both his legs to be amputated above the knee. Zenit was uninjured and redeployed with a new handler. After his injury, Armenta was surprised by how much he missed his canine partner, and embarked on a complicated and time-consuming process to adopt him. In 2012, he finally succeeded.


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