New York Knicks Surprise Army Veteran With The Most Patriotic Service Dog Ever

This past weekend the United States celebrated Veterans Day. This annual holiday allows people to honor and pay respects to the men and women who have dedicated their time to serving and protecting our country in the armed forces. Over the years, it has become more of a tradition to turn Veterans Day into a week long celebration filled with special events, discounts, and surprises for veterans and active duty military.

For example, Starbucks offered discounts and matched donations for the entire week. The New York Knicks basketball team on the other hand decided to go above and beyond for one lucky recent veteran.


At a game recently, the New York Knicks brought retired United States Army Sergeant First Class Luciano Yulfo out to the court during halftime to honor him and say thank you for his 36 years of service. In a touching and obviously special moment for Sgt. Yulfo, who stood on court with his daughter Sonia, the father and daughter were excited.


Sgt. Yulfo was presented with a special jersey from Larry Johnson of the Knicks. But, little did they know that the team and a non-profit called Paws of War had another surprise up their sleeve.


Sgt. Yulfo served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, in which he served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. These services totaled over 30 years of his life in the U.S. Army. When he was injured while on duty in July 2014, he made the decision to retire after it took him almost two years to recover from the injury in 2016.

After waiting 18 months for a service dog, the team and Paws of War trotted out Sgt. Yulfo’s new best friend and service dog, Murphy. It’s hard to tell who’s more excited to meet who in the video, but it appears both man and dog are going to have a relationship that changes both of their lives!