Paws Of War
Paws of War and singer/songwriter Gavin DeGraw gifted U.S. Army Staff Sargeant Matthew Brustien with a new service dog at the organization’s Heroes Home for the Holidays event. (Photo by Paws of War)

Paws Of War Helps Soldiers And Dogs Come Together

A special Christmas came early for two dogs, a US Army veteran and soldier. Long Island based Paws of War recently hosted a special event in NYC with Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Gavin DeGraw. DeGraw and Paws of War reunited a soldier with her dog that she befriended while serving in the Middle East and gave a service dog to a LI veteran from Glen Cove.  

Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Gavin DeGraw joined Paws of War for a special “Heroes Home for the Holidays” event. Paws of War and DeGraw welcomed home U.S. Army First Lieutenant Alyse Schnurr and reunited her with her dog Kucik, who befriended her when she was stationed in the Middle East. Paws of War rescued Kucik and brought the dog to the United States for the emotional reunion.  

DeGraw also presented U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Matthew Brustien from Glen Cove with a service dog, Sadie, courtesy of Paws of War. Brustien has faced many challenges since his years in the service and Sadie will play an important role in helping him enjoy life.  

DeGraw performed original songs and Christmas carols from his recently released Christmas album A Classic Christmas. The event took place at The Wilson in Manhattan where Paws of War supporters, veterans, first responders and active military service members enjoyed an evening with DeGraw.  

Rescuing animals from overseas and placing service dogs with our heroes is a costly expense. Paws of War needs support to complete its important mission of providing support to veterans and first responders. To donate, please visit 

—Submitted by Paws Of War

Just Getting Started

Kevin James Thornton’s super second act

By Amanda Olsen • May 10, 2024


Dining guide-spring
  • No events