US Army vet Luciano Yulfo was surprised with his service dog Murphy at the Nets game last night

Retired award winning U.S. Army veteran Sergeant 1st Class Luciano Yulfo was honored and surprised at the NY Knicks / Brooklyn Nets game last night during the 'Hoops for Troops' promotion. His daughter Sonia was there to see dad presented with a personalized Knicks jersey.

Luciano served an amazing 36 years in the military yet he's been waiting an even more astonishing year and a half for a service dog. Last night he met his new buddy - Murphy. And only Sonia's reaction may have been better than dad's.

Paws of War looks to suitably match pets, often left behind from war torn areas or US kill shelters by pairing them with military veterans suffering from the emotional effects of war such as PTSD who seek the therapeutic and unconditional love only a companion animal can bring. Read more about Paws right now right here.

In a related note, Fans sang the national anthem at the St.Louis Blues vs Chicago Blackhawks game Wednesday night during military appreciation week...and it was great.

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