Book: Heroes of the Heart
Follow the journeys of wounded veterans who seized a second chance at life offered by service dogs. Since Vietnam vet Bill Brightman founded Service Dogs for Veterans, more than sixty-three military men and women have graduated and regained dignity, healing, and normalcy through the program. Vets and dogs train together for months until each pair becomes an inseparable team with new purpose in life. - src: sallyhursey.com
Welcome to SD4V.org
For some, the battle is not over. The sights, the sounds, the smells still haunt the minds of many of our Nation's Heroes.
We at Service Dogs for Veterans are providing a new battle buddy for these brave men and women to help them cope with the pain of loss, the nightmare of memory, and the loneliness of survival.
Our Recent Graduates
Our goal here at SD4V is to build strong Veteran and Service Dog Teams that will have a positive impact on the Veteran's quality of life.
Healing walk for
We rescue shelter dogs selected for the individual training needs and lifestyle of the Veteran. In 8 months we graduate loyal working dogs and confident, skilled handlers, and out of pocket costs for the Veteran are modest due to the generosity of private and corporate donors.
With the help of People
We help Veterans write new chapters of hope.
SD4V is grateful for the commercial establishments that allow us to conduct our Public Access training. At the top of this list is Cabela's, JD and his team have been a huge help. They not only allow us to train, they provide the space to have our graduation and conduct post-graduation interviews. Thank You!
We are grateful for other local merchants: Lowe's, Target, Kohl's, TJ Maxx & Walmart.
They allow our Service Dogs in Training to practice.
Our Veterans Say
Testimonials from graduates, supporters, and those helping change Veteran lives.
"The program and Liberty have empowered me. Before her, I had to have people with me in order to be able to go out. Now I can go alone with Liberty by my side and I am more productive at work. Before I had to be strategic about everything, getting gas, going to the store, going outside even. But no more. Now I am free to just do whatever or go wherever. Freedom. IT's a powerful thing."
DeAndria "Andi" Hardy
US MARINE VETERAN
Unselfishly giving to honor those who have given so much.