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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

92 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

17

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

I got my Service Dog In December and I had never had a dog before. This pup instantly took to me and pulled me out of a dark place. We experienced an accident where Sky was hit by a car and broke her leg a couple days into our first training class with H4H and Piper was there to hold my hand through the process. She let me know everything would be okay, accidents happen and gave me the greatest gift in the world. H4H is a family and they take care of their own. I am so happy to have found them I wouldn’t know where I would be without them.

1 Thomas Chas F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was in a bad place when I got to healing 4 heros . When I left at the end of the week I had a new hope. Not only for me but my new best friend Banner (my dog). The trainers there are not just there to help you train your dog. You connect with them on a much deeper level and truly make friends for life. I plan to go back and continue my training and hopefully be able to help others as they have helped me. I need to add one more thing. For 15 years since I got out of the military I've been walking around lost. On my last day of training. I hugged my trainer Jim and cried. Because I finally found somewhere I belonged again.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Healing for hero’s provided me with the training and help necessary in acquiring my service dog, I went looking for a service dog but found a family with him

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I leave a 4 star only because there is always room for improvement anywhere. If there is no room to improve, then someone is not being honest with themselves.

The people with this organization are resilient, focused, hard working, and devoted to helping veterans with their needs. They take an open minded approach to helping each unique veteran with pairing them with a dog and training it to meet their expectations.

I wouldn’t choose anyone but Healing4heroes. Thank you

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Healing4Heroes is a needle in the hay stack. My wife and I tried for well over a year to find an organization to help us train a service dog to assist with my disability. Not until we about gave up did H4H fall in our laps. The process was fast and painless. I was accepted into the program within a week of filing my paperwork.

Once I arrived for training; the staff and volunteers were easy to work with and really had a heart for the program, veteran and the animals. I am continually impressed by the knowledge and expertise among the trainers. This isn’t a fly by night program. It takes continual training and correspondence with staff to perfect and grow a strong bond with your new battle buddy.

Staff also look out for those quite veterans who show signs of anxiety etc. This is a pressure free zone. Meaning they let you go at your own pace and guide you along.

Thank you H4H

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I woke up in a hospital at 22 and the doctors said I wouldn’t live as normal as I am today because of this organization they helped me with getting a service dog and I’ve pushed my self every day to be the best I can be for him and I’ve done things that I wouldn’t of done because it was painful but they have kept me motivated through the whole ordeal

2 Lynda B.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization and it’s people are exceptional. They take the time to find the rot fit between dog and handler. They are always helpful, even after you leave the week long course. It truly is a family working together! Seeing the progress from the first day to just the third is incredible. The win-win is great, too. Taking a dog that someone else deemed as “trash” and turning it into a service dog to help the handler with whatever disability that they have is heartwarming.
Piper Hill, the founder, cares for everyone that either volunteers, comes thru the class, or touches Healing4heroes in any way. Her personal hurdles became the stepping stone for everything that has happened.she turned something that could have been shattering into an experience to help others.

DV Chris A.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I’m a recipient of both my Service Dogs from Healing4heroes. It’s has given my life back and exposed me to things I was avoiding. This is a great family oriented organization, not only are they helping Veterans and First Responders but they include and help the family members as well. Awesome organization, great trainers, and great founder. Couldn’t have ask for a better family to have joined.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This group has saved many soldiers lives. Piper and her staff have done an outstanding job setting this organization up to help Veterans. I thankful everyday that I am apart of this organization. I would rate them 10 stars if I could.

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2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was very nervous and anxious about everything prior to my arrival: this was going to be the first dog I'd ever owned; this was going to be my first experience with training something as smart as a dog; I wasn't sure how I would do with a dog, with the training, etc. From day one, the trainers were so supportive, so empathetic, and so patient that my nervousness and anxiousness were put at ease and I was able to train with my new dog. I always felt as if my dog and I were behind the curve when it came to training, especially when she wouldn't mind my commands, but the trainers continued to be so supportive that I was able to take a few minutes then come back to it and get it right. There was no such thing as failure there, which was one of my biggest fears, only steps to progress. If you need a service dog, I highly recommend this organization as a place to get it, and train with it. I'm going to miss them all, but they are so open about everything that I continue to remain in contact with them even now. Thank you to everyone there for a great and positive experience.

2 Harvey B.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was in the process of moving from Georgia to Missouri. I was told by my VA doctor that a service dog was definitely something I needed. Not knowing where to go from there, I contacted h4h. They immediately sprung into action, not only providing my dog, but also the training I needed. I was divorced, depressed, and my life was going downhill fast. Halfway through class, my dog had some problems. The team at h4h jumped in, provided me another dog, trained me and my dog in 2 days and got my certification. I now am happier in life. My depression has subsided and my new dog is wonderful. Without Piper and her team, I'm not sure my life would be this happy. Thank you with all my heart. I'll miss you all so much. The h4h team saved 2 lives that week.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Healing4Heroes is the real deal we can't escape ptsd and the negative statistics associated with it. What I can say is this organization and it's fine staff saved my life through a 4 legged Hero and I'm forever indebted to them THANK YOU HEALING4HEROES

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Healing4Heroes in not just another none profit that is doing good in the community. Healing4Heroes saves lives and families. Having been associated as a donor to this organization for a number of years I had the opportunity to witness first hands how the fragile lives of solders we put back together with the love and trust of a dog that was sure to suffered its own bad fate had it not been for Piper and H4H. The sense of security and the bond that is created allows these men and women to again be productive, heathy and happy in their lives and the lives of their families. This is all done at no cost to the soldier (haven't they paid enough already for us) but can not be done without the support of the community and business leaders.
If ever there was a cause worth your time or money, it is H4H

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Healing4Heroes is an amazing organization run by a phenomenal woman and crew. As a wounded Veteran herself, Piper is very familiar with the roadblocks Veterans come up against. You arent just assigned a battle buddy and left to figure it out. She, or one of her knowledgeable volunteers, is with you every step of the way. After training is complete, you quickly realize you arent just another client for the books, you and your family are now part of the H4H family. Their "furever" family.

1 Tim C.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A absolutely wonderful group of people that do so many wonderful things for our veterans all while incorporating the saving of abandoned pets , a win win organization driven by people with the biggest hearts, the world could learn a thing or two from this group of people, Thank you for all you do.

1 Valerie Leah C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My favorite nonprofit ! A great asset to the veterans and our four legged friends .

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I served a year in Kandahar as a machine gunner and it took its toll on me. For years I struggled with ways to cope with life After my time and finally I decided to try and get a service dog which took some getting used to but my service dog has made a great impact on my life and has kept me from going over the edge several times. At times when I felt like I had no one else and I was all alone my dog was there for me. When I have mental break downs my dog is there for me even when I’m scared or can’t sleep he’s there. Me and my companion bonded from the beginning and now that I have him I can’t imagine life without him. This program gave me a chance when no other programs would because of life choices I made in my past. I couldn’t be more thankful and blessed for all H4H, piper and the team has done for me. Thank you all

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a retired Marine that was diagnosed with PTSD and TBI. And I had struggled with it for years before I was advised that I would benefit from a service dog. I had seen them with vets before and asked fellow vets if the service dog did benefit them. And I received nothing but positivity from their stories. I live in Las Vegas and applying for a service dog was going to take me 2-3 years. I reached out to Healing4Heroes and they were able to accommodate me within months. Upon arriving from out of state to Peach Tree City Georgia I was treated with the utmost respect and dignity. The staff at Healing4Heroes is top notch and provided wholehearted training to me and my service dog. I will forever be grateful to the Healing4Heroes organization for allowing me the opportunity to benefit from having a service dog.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I recently went to a training and was matched with my service dog Tut. Long story short in a very short amount of time we have a huge bond. He has already given me back many things in my life. I was pretty much just sitting home. Having him by my side I’ve been able to go out to restaurants, go into stores and actually be able to make it through the line without having full blown anxiety attacks and having to leave my stuff there and get out of the store. He is also waking me in the night if I experience nightmares. All of the people at healing 4 heroes are just simply amazing. Veterans helping veterans. They are all volunteers and they do this because they are truly want to help other veterans and set us up for success with our new battle buddies. Just the training alone is life changing and then the support you receive from the organization is just amazing. I would highly recommend this to any veteran that may be in need of a service dog.

1 Beverly A.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I discovered Healing4heroes by googling service dogs for Veterans for my amazing husband. I completed the application and he was signed up for class. That was God directing our path to this indescribable organization. Piper, Robbie, and so many others welcomed him warmly and helped him get through the week of training. My husband is now a trainer and volunteers his time with Healing4heroes. I did my course this past summer with Coco and I would not know what to do without our H4H family. I love them all so dearly and they are the most supportive group you could ask for. Thank you Piper for creating this family!

1 Justine F.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My Aussie has always been by my side since the day we got her. She was my home pet for a bit before H4H helped me train her to be there for me in the ways I needed! H4H did not just help train my dog to be my battle buddy, but they trained me to be the best battle buddy for her. I was able to acknowledge and notice when I am overwhelmed and panicking with the amazing training and bonding H4H gave us! They are a family to all individuals that make contact with me! True service to the veteran community! They are honest heroes that this world and veteran community needs!!

4 Sherry E.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I lost my last service dog, a 5yr Old German Shepherd named Anya, almost 2yrs ago to stomach cancer. She was my original furry battle buddy! I also lost one of my best friends this past December, my last grandparent just weeks later, and a close firefighter friend of mine a couple of weeks after that. All of that was in a span of 3 months! I took a stress leave and later got cut loose from Amazon cause they refused to approve the leave. What a stab in the back! I felt abandoned and fell into a lot of dark spaces. I looked at old photos of Anya and cried horribly, missing her dearly for days. I found the strength to finally look for another service dog eventually. I had horrible luck until Healing 4 Heroes showed me the light! They helped me find this wonderful 5.5yr old Malanois/Husky mix named Farrah and we clicked so well with each other! I’m so thankful for this wonderful organization for this pup and she has been such a HUGE help already! Thank you Healing 4 Heroes. Thanks for giving me a chance with this beautiful angel of a pup!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I could not recommend Healing 4 Heroes any more higher than could possibly be. From start to finish it was an amazing experience, they did every thing to make it possible for me to select a dog and gain all the training and tools I need to be successful with my service dog Zoey.

1 Conrad G J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Healing4Heroes is an phenomenal organization. I am an 82nd Airborne Combat Vet and have been struggling with PTSD, major depression disorder, and crippling anxiety for the last several years. I have lost several jobs and the strain on my wife and kids has been dramatically increasing. I was referred to H4H by a local trainer who works with H4H. They paired me with an amazing dog named Liberty and I have found a second family in H4H, TAO K9 Unleashed, Coco’s Cupboard, the volunteer coaches and trainers, and the other vets in my class. Looking forward to continuing my journey with these amazing people!

2 Mickey F.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am so grateful for having healing4heroes help end with what I thought impossible to do. After 12 year or retiring from the Army I found myself lost and hopeless. Just waiting on my time to go. Suzan and Piper immediately saw my behavior from a distance and did their magic on me. Later we were able to start working with my baffle buddy Monk. I see light now. The love, help and support I get from my dog Monk after the intense seminar has made my life possible to handle. The assistant coaches are so knowledgeble not only on how to train a service dog but to deal with Veterans with severe illnesses like mine. I recommend h4h to any Veterans that is looking to get better.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Healing4Heroes is an amazing nonprofit. The difference that I see in my husband since we first started training his service dog is amazing. Not only have they given him his service dog but they also have given him a purpose again with volunteering. It helps him tremendously to be able to take that focus off himself and help other veterans. Whether or not its dog related or the bonds that we have created with people and veterans involved with Healing4Heroes I cant say enough nice things.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This group is awesome, they have saved so many Veterans and rescue dogs with their training, dedication and compassion. I am so glad that they took the time to help this old Veteran.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We've taken 2 classes and I want to come back. I cannot begin to say how blessed we are to be involved with H4H. Piper, you, Suzanne and the whole group are awesome.

3 Brett K.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This guys are one of the best things to happen to me. I suffer from ptsd and parkinsons disease. I received a dog from h4h. they helped me train him and are always there for me whether i need emotional support, a training question etc. they have become a second family

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Healing 4 heroes changed my life for the better in ways I never expected or imagined. My confidence is high. Going out more. Physically I am doing simple things that I thought would be impossible

2 Ellen F.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Healing4heroes has changed my life! I would not be able to do what I do now without Reign. From the trainers looking out for you to the friends you make at the classes everyone has each other’s back. Everyone understands what you are going through without judging, to me that is a huge deal. And having Reign by my side I feel like I can go do things again.

2 Katie P.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Healing4Heroes is absolutely amazing, they helped me when I received an untrained, near out of control "service" dog from another trainer. I was in a very bad place when I found them, but everyone there has helped me so much. Thanks to them, me and my dog are a real team and he's come so far with their help and he now helps me in so many ways. We'd never have been able to make it this far without H4H.

3 Cliff C.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The VA told me that I needed a service dog and I was having trouble finding one. I was told by several organizations that since I was pre 911 that they couldn't help. Healing4Hero's took me in and changed my life. I can't thank Piper and Suzanne enough. They matched me with Parker and Parker and I have become inseparable. Much love and respect for all involved.

3 Carlos G.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing group of people. Caring and devoted to both people and dogs. The knowledge they share with the veterans and civilians they serve is amazing, life changing.

3 Jason A.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hands, I mean paws down the best. Words cant describe how much my life has improved solely because of this group. They've seen me at my worst and still everyone just cares so much.

1 Arturo L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am very thankful to be part of this great organization. There is just not enough space in the box to explain how amazing this organization is. They have saved my life.

3 commofox

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had been struggling for years to make it to the next day. I had basically isolated myself from human contact because it was just too much to deal with after having a night of nightmares from the past. After going to my sister’s house to dog sit, I found what would help. I found H4H online and took a stab at it. I am so thankful that I did. Thanks to Piper, Suzanne, Robbie and everyone that works with this organization I am finally getting a life again. I was paired up with my dog, Zeus (Mini Zeus to the group) and I started to take my life back. I can now go out in public more than I did before. If I ever need help, everyone is there to help. This is a great organization that gives rescues a purpose and vets a new battle buddy.

6 London L Boogie T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great place and people that help Vers like myself find a companion. They are wonderful at what they do. I have found a new family

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I ran into Piper one night at Ross in Peachtree City and she had her Service Pet with her. Her dog was beautiful and seemed to like my wife, so I sparked up a conversation with her about the dog and she told me about her nonprofit organization Healing4heros. I went home and did some research about it and thought it was great and something I was interested in. Well life happened, I had 2 Naval graduations to attend, some illnesses to recover from and I didn't think I would get the chance to be a part of the program. Well one day I was at VA clinic and guess who I bump into, Piper and Bobbi. They gave me a business card and told me to do an application. Took my class in July and it changed my life for the better..
Thank you Healing4heros for my new friend and Battle Buddy Pearl.

8 Tara Forbes R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband fights with nightmares and PTSD. He doesn't like going to public places and often has anxiety and depression episodes where he just doesn't want to get out of bed. He applied for a service dog and was denied because he was pre-9/11. We were told about H4H and even though my husband didn't think he would get approved for a battle buddy he applied anyway. Not only was he approved, but his battle buddy literally chose him out of a room of veterans. They go through everything together now. My husband ventures out more and his episodes of anxiety and depression still happens, but he has a battle buddy to go through it with him. As a veteran's wife that hurts everytime my husband hurts, I am so highly grateful to H4H for what they do for veteran's. Thank you so much for what you do.

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

Words cannot express the heartfelt, sincere and all-encompassing giving spirit of Healing4Heroes. Every volunteer along with the trainer and founder have hearts of gold. We all have suffered some sort of traumatic event(s). Although not identical, everyone has a sense of empathy towards what we all went through. Sometimes words aren't necessary and a pat on the back or a caring look is sent our way. A battle buddy is trained for us and the follow-up after initial training is always available. I highly recommend this non- profit to all veterans. Its definitely worth the work to achieve the healing needed to become a productive member of society. I can't thank them enough for supporting and giving me the courage to forge ahead.

6 John L.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

I simply cannot put into words the truly miraculous work that this non-profit does for service members, veterans, their families...and also showing in a truly professional manner what a great blessing a service dog can be to a warrior in need. Everyone involved has a heart of gold with the sole intent of helping others without monetary gain.

I applied and showed up skeptical...and after witnessing many miracles, and training with the dog they provided, I was blessed with both a renewed hope of others stepping forth to help our veterans, and a wonderful service dog of my own...who has helped me and my family immensely in more ways than I can describe. If I knew how I would praise this organization to the fullest extent...but for now all I can say is THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO....it saves, restores, preserves, & improves lives in an astonishing manner.

Most Sincerely & Respectfully,
Dr. John Lewis

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

Healing4Heros was a blessing to me! I was at a very dark place when I got accepted into the program and my life has been forever changed.

7

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wonderful people who put the dog and service member first!

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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

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Healing4Heros organization pairs unwanted shelter dogs with veterans who have PTSD. The pair then attends training together that prepares the dog to be a service dog for the veteran. The involvement of the organization does not end with the training and placement of dog with the veteran. They provide ongoing support. There is no fee to the veteran.

7 GADog

Client Served

Rating: 5

Healing4Heroes is making a difference in lives one dog at a time. Piper Hill and her amazing volunteers give so much of themselves for the betterment of others, particularly our incredible veterans. I am a civilian they graciously accepted into the program. They have a top-notch program steered with heart and compassion.

8 Lori Denise M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

After my son was refused a service dog because of his digonoiss and because we had other "pets" in the home.I found H4H online and I contacted H4H to apply... they gladly accepted us into the program.. and placed us with a wonderful rescue dog. As cillivians they took us in and we felt out family extend to a great length. This orginazation is so amazing I cant give them enough stars!!
Not only have they accepted us into there family but they have also helped my son open up and with him having Atusim has done more than just provide him with a service dog.. they have helped my son in so many ways!!

8 Christine Beatty F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Healing4Heroes is absolutely amazing! They brought my battle buddy and I together and my life has already been changed. I don’t know what I would have done without the wonderful people at H4H. Thank you for everything!!

7 Jessica M.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is amazing. We went to Georgia to get a service dog for my husband and the owner of the organization found out all the health issues I had and was worried my husbands dog would start working more for me then him they ended up giving me a service dog as well. They have no issues helping out the vets and their family. I really love this organization.

6 kjb445

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I agreed to fostering my first dog for Healing 4 Heroes, I thought, what a great concept. When I actually took my foster dog, Zeke, to meet the veterans, I was blown away by the impact these dogs had on the veterans. And couldn’t wait to do more than just foster. I love spending that week every few months witnessing these dogs and vets bond during training. Seeing them come out out their shells. I am honored and thankful to be apart of such an amazing organization.

6 Christy54

Client Served

Rating: 5

Loving people pairing rescues together and creating battle buddies that function as a team! What a stellar organization and group of people! I can’t say enough good things!!! Love these folks!!!

5 Kim_220

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I met Piper when she was just starting this program, and we talked a bunch, and figured out we had a lot more than rescuing dogs in common. She is a veteran herself, so immediately she had my respect. She bends over backwards to help couple service dogs with veterans, and if I had a million bucks, I would donate it to Healing4Heroes. In the meantime, I am a huge fan of this organization.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

These folks are diligent in matching soldiers with service dogs they rescue from high kill shelters in the South. Amazing and a win - win for all involved.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Healing4Heroes is helping me to be able to do things as simple as grocery shopping again. I have more confidence since we started the program. My dog loves going to work. She gets so excited to go to work. She helps me in ways that most people cannot even comprehend. I am learning to function as a “normal” human being again. This program and the people involved have so much passion for helping people and animals. They aren’t just doing a service for people but the animals as well. They are serving the community by doing what they do!

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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.

5 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.

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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.

2 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.

3 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!!

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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).

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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!

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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.

4 Dixiegirl1212

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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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

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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

6 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.

6 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.

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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.