- Associated Press - Sunday, June 22, 2014

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) - A 9-year-old German shepherd named Iras who spent six years in combat with U.S. troops is reuniting in retirement with the Fort Bragg soldier he served with overseas.

The Fayetteville Observer reported Saturday (http://bit.ly/1wfCrT9 ) that the nonprofit group Mission K-9 Rescue paid for Iras’ flight from Germany to Raleigh, where the canine reunited with Army Staff Sgt. Andrew Wolf.

The battle buddies served together in Afghanistan in 2010 and 2011. The dog has post-traumatic stress, on top of numerous health problems. But Wolf said he thinks of Iras as family.

Caring for Iras will be costly. Friends and family have raised money to help build an air-conditioned kennel and dog run for the dog, as well as to cover other expenses.

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