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NY Knicks Surprise Injured Vet With Service Dog, Their Half-Court Meeting Is Too Sweet For Words.

Service dogs can make all the difference to those living with a disability. A few weeks ago, we covered a story of a young boy with debilitating autism that couldn’t be touched. But when the little one met his service dog for the first time, the change in him was drastic and immediate. He was calmly laying on the floor with his newfound best friend without a care in the world.

Then there was a story last year about a girl named Danielle. Also on the autism spectrum, Danielle was prone to panic attacks and meltdowns that were impossible for her to manage. Her service dog, Samson, was trained to see these attacks coming and comfort her before they become too severe.

Now, once again, a service dog is bringing joy to the life of someone in need. Retired U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Luciano Yulfo was honored by the New York Knick’s during their military appreciation night.

After being injured in Afghanistan, he was on the waitlist for a service dog for 18 months. So the Knicks, in partnership with Paws of War, presented him with a service dog of his very own, named Murphy.

Check out the moment the 36 year Army veteran meets his happy new best friend for the first time in the video below.

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