Of all the ways you could think of to deliver a service dog to a veteran in need, this one is hard to beat.
During Veterans Appreciation Night on Monday, the Dallas Stars honored members of the military in a number of ways, including having Patty the K9 lowered from the rafters on her way to meet her new owner, Cary Flatt during first intermission.
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Flatt, according to Rebuilding Warriors, the organization that made the pairing possible, is a 20-year veteran. He was member of the U.S. Special Forces and was deployed multiple times around the world to fight global terrorism. He was wounded twice in Afghanistan and the second time he sustained a severe gunshot wound to the head, which led to his retirement.
Before the game, a member of the veterans outreach and suicide prevention organization, 22 Kill, delivered a puck from the rafters to U.S. Army Sgt. Stephen Wayne Jackal, Jr., who dropped it in a pregame ceremony to a rousing round of applause from fans and the players.
The Stars also honored James Wicker Sr. as their hometown hero. Wicker served in World War II.
Lockheed Martin, Albertsons and Tom Thumb provided over 100 seats each to United Heroes League for veterans and their families to attend the game against the San Jose Sharks.
The Stars are auctioning goaltender Kari Lehtonen's mask, which he designed himself for the occasion, to benefit Wounded Warriors.