Iraq Veteran Surprised With Service Dog at Giants Game

Army veteran Miguel Torres got a tail-wagging surprise at the New York Giants game Sunday. During a break in the game, Torres was presented with Stryker, the service dog he’s been waiting to get for two years.

Torres served in the military from March 2002 to August 2006, including two deployments to Iraq. He is medically retired and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, as well as migraines, short-term memory loss and spinal damage. Stryker, a German Shepherd, will help him cope with daily life.

The Brooklyn native and Giants fan was introduced to Stryker during a ceremony at Sunday’s game between the Giants and 49ers at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, as part of the Giants’ Salute to Service campaign. In a touching video from the Giants, the pair look like a perfect match. The dog, who was decked out in red, white and blue, smothered his new owner with hugs and kisses.

Stryker was trained in the Paws of War program by the nonprofit Guardians of Rescue. The group saves dogs from war-torn areas or kill shelters in the United States to be trained to help veterans.


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