Warner Bros. war dog movie ‘Max’ opens Friday

Marine Cpl. Jason Dunham received a posthumous Medal of Honor after fighting an Iraqi insurgent and then diving onto a hand grenade to protect his fellow Marines.

But when a national newspaper published a story on his parents, it wasn’t about his heroics on a dusty road in Iraq or the unbearable anguish they felt after losing him. This piece was different — yet cut from the same gallant cloth.

Several years after their son’s death, Deb and Dan Dunham adopted Gunner, an improvised explosive device-sniffing dog diagnosed with post-traumatic stress after a deployment to Afghanistan.

According to the article in The Wall Street Journal, Gunner was plagued with haunting memories — suffering and seeking cover when lightning cracked during a thunderstorm or when a neighbor set off a firework.

Now a new movie from Warner Bros. spotlights the military’s more than 3,000 working dogs in Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11.

Military Times attended an advance screening of the movie “Max” that comes out in theaters nationwide this Friday, June 26, and talked to actress Lauren Graham (TV’s “Parenthood,” “Gilmore Girls”) about the film’s importance.

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