NY Knicks presents wounded vet with service dog in center court

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On a special day, when we honor the veterans who so bravely defend our great country, comes the heartwarming story of a decorated Army veteran who met his long awaited service dog Wednesday evening at halftime as the New York Knicks introduced him to his new service dog. According to Fox Sports, in a game between the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets at Madison Square Garden, the Knicks recognized United States Army Sergeant First Class Luciano Yulfo, a veteran of 36 years.knicks-and-service-dog-2

Sgt. Yulfo had been waiting 18 months for his canine companion named Murphy, and the two shared a special canine and human moment in front of an appreciative audience. The two seemed to instantly bond. Sharing the moment was Yulfo’s daughter and Larry Johnson who had previously presented the decorated war hero with a personalized jersey.

Murphy comes from Paws of War, a foundation that rescues dogs and then trains them to be service dogs for soldiers hurt in war. Yulfo spent the last two years at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center recovering from injuries suffered in Afghanistan in 2014. He now walks with a cane. On the Paws of War Facebook, the organization expressed their gratitude:

“Meet the newest member of our Family, Murphy!! The Paws of War Family cannot thank Cow Harbor Warriors
for their amazing support and generousity! During the NY Knicks halftime – Cow Harbor presented a US Army Veteran who has served over 36 years, a service dog in partnership with Hoops of Northport. The veteran was seriously injured on his last tour in Afghanistan and retired earlier this year. We can never thank you enough God Bless you and Our Military.”

And on Veterans Day, we salute all of our military. Thank you for our freedom.

(Photo of service dog via The Paws of War Facebook page)

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