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Service Dogs for Veterans
P.O. Box 965
Taylors, SC  29687

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Service Dogs for Veterans, Greenville, SC a 501(c)(3) charity.

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Tim Jackson, US Army, Web Master

News and Press Releases

On the water: Upstate Veterans discover the healing power of fishing

Great article that highlights one of our own, James Gillian!

November 07, 2018


Special Cases: All the rescues matter

Great column by our beloved Lenny in Tryon

August 10, 2018

A great write-up of our most recent graduates!!  Thanks Lenny!!

Students raise money to donate service dogs to Midlands vets with PTSD

WISTV Channel 10

February 07, 2018

Students at Gilbert High School are using a senior community service project to support veterans battling with PTSD and James Moore, one of our own, is helping!! Their plan is to raise enough money to buy and train service dogs for local vets dealing with PTSD. They’re working with the group Service Dogs for Vets, a group that has been very helpful to vets in the Midlands.

Army veteran fills void with four-legged buddy

Published in the Greenville News

April 12, 2017

Tony Swett is a U.S. Army veteran who contemplated suicide. He even attempted it.

He believes it’s by the “grace of God” he’s still here and that Cooper, his service dog, is helping him fight a new battle.

Swett suffers from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after serving four tours of duty, including “boots on the ground” in Afghanistan.

Man’s Best Therapist - Service Dogs for Veterans helps vets cope with PTSD

Published in the Greenville Journal

June 15, 2017

"I was a zombie, " Tony Swett admits. "He [Cooper] saved my life, my marriage, [and] my family."

Heroes for our heroes

Published in the Tryon Daily Bulletin

May 04, 2017

At the Animal Fair I had the honor of sitting with Bill Brightman of Service Dogs for Veterans. I love his title: Veterans Advocate. Also at our table were two veterans and two marvelous service dogs, Cooper and Darla. Many people aren’t aware that our country loses 22 veterans each day due to PTSD. The service dogs help save lives.

Upstate Lowe’s store hires veteran and his life-changing dog

Appeared on WYFF News Channel 4

February 16, 2017

Tony Swett and his dog started working at the Lowe’s on Spartanburg’s west side two weeks ago, and they’re already having an impact on customers.

One customer who met Swett and his Doberman, Cooper, called WYFF News 4 to praise the pair and the store for hiring them.

Lowe’s invited WYFF News 4’s Mike McCormick into the store to meet Swett and Cooper.

Dog Trainers Workshop Launches Veterans Service Dogs Program

Published in UpstatebizSC

December 22, 2014

Dog Trainers Workshop, a full-service dog training and boarding facility founded by Connie Cleveland and based in Fountain Inn, SC has partnered with Bill Brightman and The Service Dog Institute to develop a companion/service dog training program for veterans. 

Thumbs Up: Service dogs trained to help veterans

November 14, 2014

Bill Brightman told the newspaper that he became interested in pairing dogs with veterans partly because of his own experiences when he was volunteering at an animal shelter and kept noticing veterans looking to adopt a dog.

New program connects veterans with service dogs

Published in the Greenville News

November 11, 2014

"They honestly seem like they're paying attention to what you're saying," he said. ""They don't tell you you're wrong or that's a stupid thing to think or something like that ... like people do. Maybe she'll be a confidante."

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