United States Army Captain John Kelly (Ret.) was paired with his service dog Ranger in August 2016. “I am a husband, father, veteran, paratrooper, and I’m lucky to be alive,” said John.
Sheldon Ewers is a U.S. Navy veteran who later worked as a Michigan corrections officer. Sheldon had experiences in both of these positions that left him diagnosed with depression, PTS, and hypervigilance. Sheldon was paired with his service dog Roy in August 2016.
Jody said his life before Nick was a wreck. With his medical conditions, high blood pressure, that unmedicated could top over 300 (would have to have an arterial catheter to read his blood pressure), volatile blood sugars (way high, way low swings), having survived adrenal cancer, and surviving a very rare heart syndrome called Wolfe …
Tasha served in the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps and performed Military Funeral Honors. After her service in the military, Tasha was paired with Blaney to help her with PTS.
Oliver was paired with Dash in July of 2020. Oliver has a chronic sleep disorder that disrupts his sleep-wake cycle and made each day feel unpredictable and overwhelming.
Shonda was paired with Jack in February of 2020. Shonda suffers from night terrors.
Sean served his community for years as a police captain. While on duty, Sean received a call to respond to a local convenience store. There, he fought with a robbery suspect and was severely injured. Many surgeries and months of rehabilitation were necessary to help repair the damage from Sean’s broken back, traumatic brain injury, …
While Michael was deployed in Afghanistan, his base was hit by rockets, which led to him suffering a shattered leg and jaw along with a traumatic brain injury.
Recipient Kathy has Multiple Sclerosis, and before being paired with her Service Dog, Jule in 2020, reported that life was very difficult.
My name is Matthew McMurray. I am a twelve-year veteran of the US Army, and I served a tour in Iraq in 2003 where I was injured in the line of duty. After returning home, my family and I adopted a puppy from a shelter and named her Sandy. We had Sandy for almost thirteen …