The father of three fell in a workplace accident on Sept. 26, but has had a breakthrough in time for Christmas.
"I've never been asked to leave anywhere because of my dog," Mann, who served in the Army for 11 years, said.
A Nebraska high school denies that it had unpatriotic intentions when it insisted that a graduating senior remove her U.S. Army sash during the ceremony.
For Ellianna's fifth birthday, she got a teddy bear dressed in fatigues and featuring a recording her dad made as set off for Army basic training.
In the image, Max Emerson and boyfriend Andres Camilo reenact the classic “prom pose,” with Camilo standing behind Emerson, wrapping his arms around his waist.