BOCA RATON, Fla. --His plane was shot down in World War II. He was held as a prisoner in Germany.
On Monday, Irwin Stovroff was honored for what he's gone through, and what he is doing to help other veterans.
A surprise luncheon at the Saint Andrews Country Club in Boca Raton was unexpected for the 90-year-old war veteran.
Former Boca Raton mayor Steven Abrams and congressman Ted Deutch were among the dozen that helped name April 22 "Irwin Stovroff" day in Boca Raton.
Stovroff founded an organization called Vets Helping Heroes. With the organization, he has helped veterans suffering with PTSD, depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts by providing them with dogs that help them cope.
"I came home in one piece, and you didn't," Stovroff said of veterans he helps. "That's why I'm doing this. I want to put you back if I can with a dog who's going to take you back and you're going to have a great life.
Stovroff has worked to send nearly 75 dogs to veterans across the country. Stovroff said he never expected to be recognized for his work.
"You know, I'm not religious but I'm beginning to think there's something special because everybody has been blessing me," Stovroff said. "But that's not what it's about. What it is, we are accomplishing something."
Learn more about Vets Helping Heroes at www.VetsHelpingHeroes.org
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