Steve DeVries has served our country by doing two tours in Iraq and received multiple medals for his bravery – including the Global War of Terrorism service medal.
During one of his tours in 2007, he suffered a major spinal injury after an improvised explosive went off under his vehicle. Since then, he has had trouble adjusting to life after medically retiring in 2013.
Today, DeVries suffers from anxiety and has severe pain in his back that limits his quality of life on a daily basis. Since retiring, he’s always wanted a service dog to aide him.
Unfortunately, the demand is high for service dogs in the military and he has been on the waiting list for over a year and a half. Many veterans that suffer from severe anxiety and other ailments due to combat, use service dogs to try and live a normal life.
One day Steve’s dream came true! Being a lifelong Giants fan, he and his daughter were chosen to be honored at the New York Giants football game during the halftime Military Moment.
As the two of them waived into the camera to all the applauding fans, the Semper K9 United War Veterans Council and the American Humane Team surprised him with a service dog! The look on his face brought tears to my eyes.