A Marine Corps veteran was surprised with a new leash on life last week. Frank Giaramida of Commack, New York, has waited two years for a service dog to help him overcome the stress he’s faced for a decade stemming from his time serving in Iraq.
And on Sunday, November 15, he finally got his wish.
Giaramida was on the field during the Giants game at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey for a ceremony recognizing for his service, when a 7-month-old German Shepherd puppy was brought to him, CBS reported. The puppy, named Scarlett, was trained by Amanda Donald of Paws of War. Donald, also a Marine Corps veteran, was inspired to train a dog for Giaramida after she saw how much her service dog, Roxy, helped her cope with anxiety, especially while in crowds of people.
Giaramida is confident Scarlett will have a similar effect. “The last 10 years have been a struggle,” he says, adding that he’s had a black cloud over his head for some time. “This service dog is going to do a lot for me."
See the surprise caught on film: