When U.S. Army veteran Sgt. Luciano Yulfo went to the November 9 New York Knicks game, he knew he was going to be honored with a Knicks Jersey for his 36 years of service, including stints during Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq) and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan), according to SB Nation.
But what truly surprised Yulfo that night wasn’t meeting with former Knicks team member and all-star Larry Johnson but, rather, getting a service dog after a more than 18-month wait.
Yulfo, who retired in April 2016, has been on the list to receive a service dog from Paws of War, a nonprofit that trains and places rescue dogs with military veterans who can benefit from them. During the ceremony, he was presented with Murphy, a Golden Retriever service dog, and Yulfo was just beside himself with happiness.
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Yulfo immediately dropped his walking cane and went down to pet Murphy who, like most all dogs do, immediately started giving the Army veteran some kisses.
Thank you Sgt. Luciano Yulfo for your service to our country, and thank you Paws of War for preparing Murphy for a lifetime of service.