Kelli Bender
November 11, 2016 11:12 AM


To honor and recognize the veterans and those currently serving, who give so much to our country, the New York Knicks gave one United States Army Retired Sergeant First Class his best friend. 

As part of the team’s Hoops for Troops program, the Knicks set up a big surprise for Sgt. Luciano Yulfo: a new service dog. 

Sgt. Yulfo spent 36 years in the military serving in both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. In July 2014, he was injured while deployed in Afghanistan and medically retired from active duty. Following his injury, Sgt. Yulfo was stationed at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for two years and retired in April 2016.

After returning to America, Sgt. Yulfo applied for a service dog to assist him with his injuries, and has been on the waiting list for over 18 months. During their game on Nov. 9, the Knicks brought Sgt. Yulfo to center court and surprised him with his new service dog and loyal companion Murphy, which was donated to the veteran by Paws of War.

The connection the man and his best friend share is instant and beautiful to watch.

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