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Healing4Heroes™ Inc

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Causes: Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: We are a nonprofit dedicated to assisting our military service members and veterans lead healthy productive lives. Our objective is to connect service members with certified service dogs and animals.

Target demographics: We help veterans, and their families heal from injuries & disabilities by providing them with rescources.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 40 veterans, their family members & homeless animals.

Programs: We are a nonprofit dedicated to assisting our military service members and veterans lead healthy productive lives. Our objective is to connect service members with certified service dogs and animals.

Community Stories

39 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

9

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was in somewhat of an emergency situation and could not get help from the military. Other non-profits and the VA would not help because I was still active duty. H4H put a lot of effort into me; they really care. With other service dog non-profits, there were so many rules about who you were, what kind of dogs they would train, or how often you had to go for training that made it impossible for me to get help. H4H is different. They were very flexible and obviously concerned about me getting help over everything else. They took the time to learn what I was looking for in a dog and matched me with the perfect 4-legged battle buddy, but it didn't stop there. I also gained several 2-legged friends as they keep in touch with me. Since getting my service dog, I've been able to get help from them about training, service dog laws, dog health, or just talk when I needed to. I don't know how they do it. They're such a small organization yet those that work there seem to do the work of 10 men so you wouldn't even notice. They work really hard to make limited funds help as many vets as they can find. I highly recommend using and donating to this organization.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Piper and Healing4Heroes, help to change my life when the gave me my service dog Orion. Healing4heroes is an awesome organization with the most kind, patient, and wonderful volunteers that I've had the pleasure of meeting. If I could I would send all my veteran comrades to Healing4heroes for their service dogs.

2 Mary Catherine M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been a volunteer with H4H for almost three years. Every class I’ve ever helped with has always had one or more miracles. This group and organization gives with HEART. The dogs and the wounded veterans are living better lives because of this organization. God bless.

2 DV Chris A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Meeting Piper and the Healing4Heroes family’s has completely changed my life forever. Having Coco in my life has helped me tremendously. I would rate them 10 stars if I could. One of the greatest families you’ll ever be apart of.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

An incredible organization that truly cares for and values it's veterans and military members. Healing4heroes has saved lives, no question.

1 Tracy L F.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Meeting Piper and the family of Healing 4 Heroes in June of this year has changed our lives in such an infallible way. Jim was injured in 2010 while deployed and medically retired in 2015, since then he has had many issues that have kept him from living a full life. The day Sasha picked him to be her veteran she changed so much in him. Jim can now go out and do things and have confidence in himself. Sahsa is learning to help Jim with his medcial alerts and making sure he is safe. We will never be able to put into words or actions how much Piper has done for our family. Once you met this wonderfully amazing woman you become put of her family.

2 Katrina K.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is truly amazing to see how much this organization helps those in need. I have seen some true miracles while volunteering for this organization. They are always there for everyone in the program and willing to help in as many ways as possible with various illnesses and disabilities. I’m honored to be a part and looking forward to helping as much as I can in the future!!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm a veteran of the highway, though not of military service. I was paralyzed during my first year in college. As a T6 paraplegic due to spinal cord injury in a car accident, I may not have experienced the trauma of active military duty in war, but I share the life-altering physical results of catastrophic injury that change everything we thought we knew about life. I would need to write several reviews or essays to express my admiration for this nonprofit organization, Healing4Heroes, President Piper, and its collaboration with TAO K9 Unleashed, Head Trainer Suzanne, and volunteers. I can't fathom the horrors and atrocities of war that our military members must've suffered. As a mere disabled civilian I felt like a stepchild in the program, but both Piper and Suzanne gave me full entitlement to it. In fact, they enlisted me. On my 6th "tour" of H4H duty, I've seen those two women warriors struggle, cry, scramble up (metaphorical) walls with few footholds, and haul their own exhausted bodies over invisible barriors--to keep this program available. They're stressed, overwhelmed and somehow they keep going, sanely and sensitively, FOR ALL H4-HEROES! They're HEROES helping heroes heal when the odds may seem stacked against them. They don't give up. They give all and then give more. They have hearts as big as the Grand Canyon and probably cried enough to fill the river that deepened it, tears of nonprofit frustration and tears of joy to witness what happens when their hard work pays off. To see unintended miracles like the guy whose war-wounded spirit showed on his face who was given a dog, Danny, that had already been passed over and given to someone else and given back in a day before finding his match. Danny, a "runner" if given the chance, didn't bolt when his new vet fainted; he stayed, licked his new best friend's face to wake him up! Instant bond. Everbody cried and that's when a foster mom or dad who keeps training a rejected but good dog cries the hardest. Something inexplicable happened between Danny-boy and his human. And real men cry. What about Ford, the half-grown puppy who got stuck in the engine of his namesake, a Ford pickup. For 3 days! Driving around! After being extricated and after 2 surgeries, the $6000 rescued dog was still the sweetest little boy after his ordeal, who turned out to be really smart too. A dog-owner in Suzanne's training class couldn't resist Ford, up for adoption. She trained him in a few basic commands within 15 minutes, and then took the eager Ford home to foster for a few days the week before H4H. Nobody expected him to be ready, to advance so quickly into the program, much less to be chosen. His brief foster mom brought him to the H4H day of the dogs where he incredibly met his new forever-mom. Another feisty, stubborn dog Hunter, passed over twice, something of a problem child but again, a basically good dog, finally met his match. These examples happened this past week during the last H4H training. Multiply these stories of wounded warriors and disabled civilians who partner with furry companions, who continue training their service dogs to help them navigate a scary world...and you've got the best symbiotic relationship between human and canine that opens doors previously slammed shut. Something magical happens in the intensity of H4H, like the acceptance and privacy of group therapy and canine responsiveness, that unconditional positive regard of dogs bonding with their humans and humans bonding with other humans. The disabled vets with invisible wounds and TBIs with cognitive difficulties suffer the most social discrimination. My wheelchair screams disability; although even paraplegics have invisible limitations, I don't think I'll hear the same ignorant questions some of our disabled veterans endure with service dogs who help them live more confidently and productively. These military people have a bond of sacrifice. Piper gives her life to help them. Suzanne gives hers to help Piper help them, too. The disabled civilians who stumble into the program after stumbling into it like stepchildren aren't talked about much. But I'm grateful to Piper and Suzanne's Teamwork on so many levels. My friends have assumed that because I seem independent and capable as a para that I don't need H4H. They've asked, "You don't really need a service dog!" questioning the validity of training. If I get this presumption from friends who know more of my hidden disabilities than stereotypes, I can imagine a walking vet's isolation and social anxiety. We civilians might walk around looking normal, limp or roll, with MS, Fibromyalgia, Lupus, Dibetes, Lyme disease, Epilepsy, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, and TBIs with cognitive deficits. We may have been unfairly judged. As no para is simply paralyzed from the waist down, no two injuries are alike. But I can guess that anybody who experiences war in any capacity comes back scarred and wounded. I've seen these men and women gain confidence in being human again, in belonging. The volunteers and fosters and others, those who donate time and funding and resources who help us recover, all are special and necessary. I went to a poetry reading last night at GA Tech by myself after my literary friends flaked out. If I hadn't had my gifted service dog of 1.5 years-- after ruptured biceps and rotator cuffs, cancer surgery-chemo-radiation, after my husband left, after my mentally ill Asperger's kid CAN'T leave (yet)--if my husband hadn't gifted me with a puppy, Kai, a month before he abandoned us, I probably wouldn't have bothered to drive into Atlanta to see a past U.S. poet laureate read a funny poem about a dog. I might not have mustered the courage to go and hear the other two Pulitzer poets read Shakespearian sonnets & other spectacular poems either. I wouldn't have been a fully-privileged child of Healing4Hearoes because I'm nobody's hero, but I went to a poetry reading, dammit. I had watched a bunch of real heroes complete H4H with their service dogs, passing the Canine Good Citizen & public access test, the bittersweet end of another intense training. Instead of going to my regular Thur. night dog training class, I watched Billy Collins draw a dog on his latest book as he signed it for me. Nobody in dog training, Suzanne, knows that poetry is my other invisible disability and H4H, Piper, is an addiction! THANK YOU MORE THAN I CAN EXPRESS. Heroes who're just wishing on horses for a service dog, get off your waiting lists and get thee to H4H. It'll change your life, Shakespeare's promise (even if you don't know a sonnet from a sextet on a latrine).

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hello. My name is Susan. My husband was severely wounded in Iraq when he was ambushed by Iraqi soldiers dressed in civilian clothing. His Humvee was hit by a wire guided missile that blew him out of the vehicle. It has been a very VERY long, hard road for my husband and our entire family. Healing 4 Heroes has helped my husband become more independent. A lot more independent! He smiles more, and able to do things that he wouldn't do before Healing 4 Heroes. Matching him with Zeus, his service dog has been a true blessing. Our entire family is so thankful for Healing 4 Heroes! Life is good!

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't properly put into words what H4H has done for my family, but here's my feeble attempt.

My husband is a Paralyzed combat vet, and my oldest son has Autism Spectrum Disorder, Tourette's Syndrome, and a plethora of other diagnoses. For 11 years I have had to be hyper vigilant to everything around us. I had to anticipate every trigger, every anxiety, anything and everything that might be problematic for them.
Long story short, I don't have to be so hyper aware anymore. It's only because of God and H4H that I can just be mom to all four of my children and wife to my husband.

What does H4H mean to our family? Everything. They gave me my husband back, they gave my children their father back, and they gave my son the tools and confidence he needs to navigate this big, scary world full of social interactions. They gave us a new leae on life named Augustus and Maxwell.

One of the things that sets H4h apart is that they don't just heal the hero. They heal the family unit as a whole. Also, They don't limit their service to post 911 vets. They give Vietnam vets the reception and acceptance that they should have been given when they came home. They also help spouses and children of vets. Many organizations do not extend to the family the way H4H does.

Piper, Suzanne, and those involved with H4H are the real heroes. They gave this Army wife and Autism mom a chance to see her soldiers thrive rather than survive. During the last class of the week, my son said to me "mom, I went to war with Autism and I won!" I think that pretty much sums it all up for me.

God has blessed this organization and He is doing micraculous work through these beautiful women who have so selflessly answered His call.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was lucky to find out about this group and become a member. They do amazing things for us.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a disabled Veteran and I have a 4 year old daughter, Lily. We are currently in a training class with Healing4Heroes. I am unable to put into words how I feel right now about working with Healing4Heroes and how it is changing my life for the better.

My daughter and I have had a rough time the last 2 years but particularly 2016. I have mental and physical disabilities. I have reached out for help from non-profit organizations where I live in South Carolina. I have found they claim to help Veterans, but when you call sobbing on the phone because you have no food or home, they can't help you and have a list of various reasons why. The VA Hospital and other Veteran service organizations want you to really believe the phrase "no Veteran left behind", but Lily and I were left behind. No one cared that Lily and I ended up in a homeless shelter where the Veterans were targets of abuse. No one cared that I had to crawl to pick up my daughter's toys because I was in so much pain and couldn't get up.

In any event, everything changed when I found Healing4Heroes and Piper. The love and support from Piper, the trainers, and other Veterans is too sacred for words. Their patience, guidance, and dedication is tailored to the needs of each individual. It is positively overwhelming and makes me tear up.

I want to thank Piper for her strength and love. She is the founder of Healing4Heroes and involved in every aspect to ensure that Veterans and not "left behind". My training and journey does not end when I finish class and I know Healing4Heroes will be there for me every step of the way.

God bless you Piper!

“I would thank you from the bottom of my heart, but for you my heart has no bottom.”-Anonymous

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Healing4heros is a wonderful program. They went above and beyond to help me and my family. Put me and my wife through great trading and match us with great dogs who work together. Just in the little time we have been with them has helped me and my wife. Can't wait to continue my journey and. Friendships with them and al the Veterans they have helped

5 Jd__3

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Army separated me from my family for nearly a year as they prepared to medically retire me. The only thing was they were not willing to properly prepare me for the transition.

With an inadequate wheelchair that was falling apart, my mobility was extremely limited. I had owned dogs in the past and new how loyal they were to their owner, but I was not prepared for what happened when H4H came into my life.

Augustus was so much like me. In fact he revealed to me a lot about me that I either did not know or did not want to admit about myself. I owe Piper and H4H my life. They were there for me when the Army I devoted my life to wasn't.

5 Lance6

Client Served

Rating: 5

My life had evolved to a point where there were only a few places that I would actually go to by myself. Once I paired up with my dog (Knocks), things changed. I've been able to get out into the world again. That totally beats pacing around my apartment hating myself. LOL
Healing4Heroes have been great! I had been on the waiting list with 2 other oranizations when I discovered H4H. When I called, I spoke to Piper. After talking with her a bit about my situation and what I would like in a service animal. Then basically, she asked if could manage to get into their next class. That she had a dog she thought might work for me.
When I got to the program everyone was tremendously friendly. Very easy to be with making a nervous situation down a notch. They knew what we were about, they knew what veterans need. The dog Piper thought was good match turned out to be perfect. We paired instantly!! He has been by my side ever since. He got me out!!
I am forever grateful to H4H!! They know veterans.

4

Donor

Rating: 5

H4h saves lives of vets with ptsd with service dogs. I have witnessed the dedication and success over the last 5. years. This group gives hope to those who most need it.

3 Capria F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This nonprofit is amazing. I'm a vet lucky enough to get involved with them, it's helping more than I ever thought anything would. PTSD is scary and being able to be around others and working with your dog gives you so much hope.

3 Lucy009

Client Served

Rating: 5

The members of this organization are truly amazing. The founder puts in countless hours of hard work into every part of Healing 4 Heroes to make sure everything is executed flawlessly. The head trainer never gives up on any dog and really puts in the time and effort to training each service dog no matter the dog's past experience or situation. The rest of the volunteers and foster parents have a heart of gold for taking care of each dog.
This organization makes a change in countless lives. Our family couldn't thank everyone enough. Thank you guys for everything!

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is one of the most caring and helpful ones out there. They connected me with my Service Dog and have been with me every step of the way. If I got discouraged, they were there to encourage me. Their training team were on the ball when it came to both my dog's and my training, so we learned to work as a team. All I know, that since Healing4Heroes has come into my life, my quality of living has risen exponentially. They connected me with the perfect partner and I can never thank them enough.

5 Lee_66

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing organization helping all veterans no matter when that person served.

4 Laura332

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am part of a dog rescue group that has worked with H4H. They are such an incredible organization that works hard to meet the needs veterans needing a little help blending back into society. By using rescue dogs, they are saving two lives. I have witnessed this on more than one occasion. They provide the dogs, training, and lodging to make much needed service dogs available to our heroes. I can't say enough good things about H4H.