EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., Nov. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- American Humane, the country's first national humane organization, sponsored the surprise gift of a trained Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) service dog, presented to a military veteran during the New York Giants game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium today.
Army veteran Steve DeVries, a native New Yorker and lifelong Giants fan, received the service dog on the field in a special surprise ceremony between the first and second quarters. American Humane has supported the U.S. military for over a century. The organization continues to honor this legacy today with its Lois Pope LIFE Center for Military Affairs, which includes a program dedicated to providing lifesaving service dogs to veterans in need. "We're thrilled and honored to have the opportunity to put a healing leash in the hands of a military veteran," said Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane. "It's a privilege to recognize the incredible service and sacrifice of Mr. DeVries with this special gift," Ganzert said. "On behalf of American Humane, thank you to all of our armed service members for your heroic contributions to our country." "A service dog will be able to assist me with mobility issues, as well as merge into my routine and allow me to mitigate my PTS symptoms to ensure my family and I can live a normal life within our community," DeVries said. "This service dog will give my wife back her husband, and my children will have their father back in their lives."