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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Growing up a New York Giants fan, former Army medic Steve DeVries got a lot of thrills watching the team and occasionally coming to Giants Stadium for games.His first trip to MetLife Stadium left him with a thrill the 38-year-old will never forget.On a day the Giants and the NFL honored servicemen, DeVries got something he never expected: a service dog to help him deal with his continuing battle with post-traumatic stress disorder. It was presented to him during a ceremony between the first and second quarters of Sundays game between the Giants and Philadelphia Eagles.It has been a long wait and a long road for DeVries, an East Meadow, New York, native who now lives in Herndon, Virginia, with wife, who is expecting their second child, and his 12-year-old daughter.DeVries joined the Army in 2005, was deployed to Iraq in 2006 and was seriously injured when an improvised explosive device went off under his vehicle. He recalls his back felt like a jelly doughnut and he remembers reaching for his legs to see if they were still there.He spent 6-to-8 months in a hospital bed with a spinal injury before moving on to a wheelchair, a walker and then a cane.His right leg has nerve damage and there will be more surgery down the road.Dealing with the injury has been the toughest part for DeVries.For me, I had issues with anxiety, but it is the adjustment, he said Sunday after receiving Levi, a gold Labrador. I came back and couldnt do the things I used to do. I couldnt run. I couldnt do this, I couldnt do that, or there was someone telling you, you couldnt do it. That was harder for me. I felt the couch was good enough for me. I didnt need to go anywhere.His couch was where he wanted to be. His hope now is that Levi will help him get over that.DeVries had waited 18 months to get a service dog. The two will work almost daily for the next three weeks so he feels comfortable to go home with the dog.I think when I am out sometimes I feel alone and I do have that anxiety. Maybe having him by my side gives me a little more strength, said DeVries, who had not been to a Giants game since the late-1990s. I want to do things with my family and my daughter and the baby on the way. I dont want to sit on the couch. I dont want to sit home alone. I want to go out.DeVries received the dog through the work of American Humane, the Giants, Semper K-9 and the United War Veterans Council.The veteran also got something else he liked: The Giants beat the Eagles 28-23 for their third straight win.---For more NFL coverage: and Cavaliers T-shirts. Manuel was offered a position the day he was fired. He accepted earlier this week and the team made the announcement Friday. J.R. Smith Cavaliers Jersey. After dropping their final six games of December, the Wild opened the new calendar year with four consecutive wins. Following a loss to Colorado on Saturday, Minnesota rebounded the following night to blank Nashville 4-0, but then had the tables turned on them Tuesday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Lions have not announced the hiring, which was first reported by ESPN. Lombardi, the grandson of former Green Bay Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi, has been an offensive assistant on Sean Paytons New Orleans staff since 2007. Custom Cavaliers! Kerry, Two nights after the Scott-Eriksson incident in Buffalo, the Bruins returned home to play San Jose. In that game, Zdeno Chara put a check on Tommy Wingels that clearly targeted his head. Shaquille ONeal Cavaliers Jersey. Klitschkos management company says the bout will be the Ukrainian fighters 25th world championship fight. The 1.83-meter (6-foot) Leapai defeated the previously unbeaten Denis Boytsov in November to become the WBOs mandatory challenger. RIO DE JANEIRO -- American gold medal winners Michael Phelps, Katie Ledecky and Simone Biles are featured on the cover of this weeks Sports Illustrated.The magazine revealed the cover on its website Tuesday. It shows Phelps with his arms around Ledecky and Biles. They each have gold medals draped around their necks -- a combined total of 14.Sports Illustrated says the photo was taken Sunday in Rio de Janeiro. A video of the shoot reveals Phelpps showing fellow swimmer Ledecky the best way to arrange her medals, adding Ive done it before, youll learn, dont worry about it.dddddddddddd Phelps has won 28 Olympic medals, 23 of them gold.Biles has won three gymnastics golds and a bronze in Rio. She could add to that haul during the floor exercise final Tuesday. Wholesale Jerseys  Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Authentic Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys ' ' '


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