Graduate Profile


Graduate Profile

Steve & Barrett

Steve served 6 years in the US Navy as an E-5 Boiler Technician with multiple deployments in the North Atlantic. He is pictured with his lab mix Barrett, who was adopted from Greenville County Animal Care. Not only did Steve graduate with an ADA compliant service dog, he also achieved a 28% reduction in his life limiting symptoms over the course of his 7 months of training. (Measured by the PCL-5 self-assessment before and after training) He also reports he now needs no medications and is focusing on taking vitamins and living a healthy lifestyle.

Initially Steve did not have a dog, and as a way to help alleviate his own symptoms, he volunteered to be Veteran Advocate to a wheelchair bound US Marine Veteran who was in the program training his dog. It was while volunteering that he became aware of a dog named Barrett that needed a home. Upon meeting him, it was a match made in heaven!

When Steve began the program training Barrett, his experience exceeded anything he could have hoped.He says the SD4V program with Barrett has completely changed his life, and that having this amazing dog is one of the best things that ever happened to him! Not only has the program given him Barrett, but now Steve has a newfound way to connect and help other veterans going through the program. Steve encourages other Military Veterans considering the training to - "Go for it!"