Giants make Army vet’s day by presenting him with a service dog
The New York Giants on Sunday honored a serviceman wounded in Iraq in 2006. The ceremony at MetLife Staidum gave Steve DeVries more than he expected.
The team presented the New York native and former Army combat medic with a 3-year-old gold labrador service dog between the first and second quarter of the game with the Philadelphia Eagles, NJ.com reported.
“Overwhelmed. It's been a crazy 24 hours. I think I'm running out of words,” DeVries told NJ.com in a phone interview. “It was really the most unbelievable experience. I'm grateful, and thankful.”
“But now instead of a cane, I think I can lean on Levi a little bit. That will be awesome,” he said.
Receiving the dog through the work of American Humane, the Giants, Semper K-9 and the United War Veterans Council was a “complete surprise.”
DeVries, who lives with his wife, who is expecting a baby, and daughter in Herndon, Va., should be reunited with Levi by the end of this week. He and the dog will then undergo training together to further develop their bond.
The Giants have done this before. Check out a story from 2015.