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Airman brings home puppy he found in Afghanistan

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A connection between an airman and a puppy that began four months ago in Afghanistan has resulted in a new home for the pooch.

Staff Sgt. Tom Burright was on his third deployment in Afghanistan when he found a tiny puppy scrounging for food on a street in the war-torn nation.

The airman took her back to base where she bonded with the troops. After a few different ideas for a name, he settled on Lyla.

Lyla is an Afghan breed known as Kuchi, and the puppy has seen a lot.

"The day I found her, I fed her, picked her up, put her in the truck. Ten minutes later we got into combat A10s, airplanes, bomb runs, gun runs," Burright said.

Burright wanted to bring Lyla stateside, but needed some help – about $4,000 to get the dog to Texas.

That's where the Puppy Rescue Mission came in.

"We told him do not give up. He contacted us. The next day I did the fundraising page and we had the funds in about 6 hours," said Michelle Smith of the Puppy Rescue Mission.

Now Lyla is at her new home in North Texas and ready to start a new phase in her adventurous life.

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