During a break in the game against the Brooklyn Nets last week, the New York Knicks honored a United States army veteran by surprising him with a service dog.
United States Army Retired Sergeant First Class Luciano Yulfo, a 36 year veteran who retired from the Army after suffering severe shoulder injuries in Afghanistan, had been on the wait list for a service dog for 18 months. After getting injured, he was stationed at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for two years.
The Knicks presented Yulfo with a custom jersey and former player Larry Johnson was on hand and thanked him for his service. Additionally, through the Knicks’ Hoops for Troops program and Paws of War, Yulfo received a service dog named Murphy.