LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) – A local veteran will get to watch Sunday’s big game in person thanks to his comrades at the Wounded Warrior Project.

Arnulfo Dauto served 18 years in the U.S. Air Force and deployed on four combat missions. During one of those tours, an improvised explosive device knocked him unconscious. Ten years later, doctors diagnosed Dauto with a traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.

The Wounded Warrior Project helped him deal with that diagnosis, teaching him coping skills and drawing him out of his isolation.

Today the WWP provided Dauto with the surprise of a lifetime when Phoenix Cardinals tight end Trey McBride presented him with two tickets to Sunday’s big game. Dauto thought he was heading to Radio Row to compete in a military trivia contest, but there was no competition for the tickets. They had his name on them.

The surprise was part of the NFL’s Salute to Service initiative, in which it partners with the WWP. Since 2011, the league has donated more than $11 million to the organization’s veteran community.


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