Service Dog Helping Westchester Purple Heart Recipient Regain His IndependenceCBS2 New York's Alice Gainer reports. November 8, 2019
Medford, New York
It’s Graduation Day for a service dog changing the life of a Purple Heart recipient. The veteran says he’s ready to finally regain his independence after being critically injured in combat just a few years ago. Army Captain Victor Prato says it took a near-death experience to finally accomplish a lifelong dream — owning a dog. “When I was in Afghanistan and I got wounded, I was kind of laying in the hospital thinking, like, you know, I almost died without having a dog,” he said. Though he never planned his first pet would be a service dog, Prato says Barbossa is now his rock.