Heroes and Their Dogs

Ricardo and Service Dog Weston

Ricardo served in both the Marines and the Army for 17 years, with a stint in between serving in the New York Police Department. Providing security as part of a Quick Reaction Force (QRF) unit during Operation Iraqi Freedom meant responding to many emergencies, and Ricardo returned home with PTSD and a traumatic brain injury.…

Monica and Service Dog Biscuit

During the 10 day class designed to train Army veteran Monica and her new service dog Biscuit to work together their bond was permanently sealed. Biscuit has been specifically trained to mitigate the symptoms associated with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Monica is a born leader, so hiding out at home…

Heather and Service Dog Verlin

Heather’s new service dog Verlin has been specifically trained to mitigate the symptoms associated with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). When Army veteran Heather deployed to Iraq, she knew the combat environment would be tough. However nothing prepared her for the nightmarish experiences she would experience there and the PTSD that followed. After three years in…

James and Service Dog Derby

James served with both Marines then Army as a combat engineer in Afghanistan. He suffers many disabilities but Derby allows his family to feel safe leaving home along. Derby is trained to assist James with, sleep disruption, medication reminders including blocking a repeated attempt, tactile interruption for panic and anxiety, locating, retrieving, bracing and balance.

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