Sgt. 1st Class Luciano Yulfo thought that he was brought onto the court for a free jersey – little did he know that the NBA had a lot more planned for the retired army veteran.

In honor of Veteran’s Day, the New York Knicks basketball team wanted to surprise Luciano with a meaningful gift in honor of the 36 years he served in the military.

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Since the sergeant sustained an injury during his 2014 service in Afghanistan, Luciano has been waiting 18 months for a service dog to accompany him during his retirement in New York City.

So the Hoops for Troops program hooked up with Paws of War to provide Luciano with Murphy – a trained Golden Retriever service dog.

The veteran reacts with such joy, he drops his cane and stoops to meet his new companion like a boy on Christmas Day.

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