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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

151 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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 Sam L.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am retired Nsvy and became disabled. The Drs told me I would benefit from a service dog. I contacted H4H and Piper contacted me quickly. I had been on other. Waiting list for 2 years and Piper had me in a class in a few weeks. When I met Sky(my Service dog) Piper and H4H had other ideas for her. So as we were being paired with our Battle Buddies, Sky was not a part of the pairing. Sky needed a walk so I was on a break and they asked me to walk her. We walked for a while and then I gave her back to one of the trainers. As she was standing with the trainer she pulled away from her and responded to a situation that I started having. The trainer brought Piper over and she made sure I was ok and they watched Sky interact with me. I never knew and still don’t know the original plans for her. Piper never separated us and we have been a team since. As we graduated, Piper had tears in her eyes and told me to thank God for Sky because if I wouldn’t have had the situation and Sky didn’t alert I would not have her. It’s been 3 years and we have been together every since and she is constantly by my side! I love H4H and Piper for giving me my freedom to do things on my own and know that Sky has my back!

1 Deeanna Pinaula A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot express how thankful and grateful I am for being introduced to Healing4Heroes, an amazing non-profit organization! Their time and dedication that is put into the organization for us Veterans are impressive! The knowledge, support, and training I gained from the class as helped me and my battle buddy “Bleu” build confidence and trust in one another. H4H has given me life with my battle buddy “Bleu”! To all the volunteers, trainers, and staff for H4H, I am very thankful that you have given us the opportunity to be apart of an awesome organization and I look forward to attending the next class!

1 Sonicka

Client Served

Rating: 5

H4H is an amazing organization run by an amazing group of people. It really fills in a gap for those that are in need of a battle Buddy, as they really consider each unique circumstance and address it with an appropriate match. I’ve heard about the organization through a fellow veteran who received the training with his dog. He suggested I could use their help as they would train my dog. They assessed me and my dog and accepted us for training. I like the fact that they do match everyone with either a new dog or they can accept the veteran’s dog if it’s a good fit. The training is amazing and run by volunteers that are highly proficient and passionate. They also follow up and link people from the same area so they can support each other and continue with the necessary training to maintain the skills. I definitely recommend this nonprofit and feel so blessed I was able to become part of this amazing “family”.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became a volunteer for Healing4Heroes Inc agreeing to foster rescues. I am a dog lover at heart and thought this was the perfect way to love on a dog while also giving back. I did not realize what a gold mine I was stepping into. I loved what the organization stood for and wanted to learn more so I started helping at the classes. I have watched with my own eyes, the lives of vets and dogs change in days. The volunteer staff and trainers are committed to the success of every single person and make themselves available to ensure you have the support you need. It is truly amazing to watch the difference 5-6 days can make for the dog and veteran. This organization is top notch and definitely one of a kind. I am blessed to be a part.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing Veteran Nonprofit! I heard about Healing 4 Heros from a friend who attended the course previously. After seeing how much her battle buddy helped her after the training, I knew it would be a good course for me and my battle. Thank you to everyone on the H4H team, Wake and I are forever grateful

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

If you have never owned a special needs dog and can’t decide, do yourself a favor and let Healing4heros help you. Everyone was so nice and understanding. Thank you Barry for helping me choose #4 “COALETTE “. It seems like she’s been with us a long time. I will be back for more training.

1 Maggie B.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

H4H introduced me to my Battle Buddy, Koda and we have been inseparable since! The organization did a great job with daily training, proving supplies to those who need them (like me), answering any and ALL questions no matter how silly it seemed. The trainers, most which are volunteers do a wonderful job! They take time out of their own busy lives to help Veteran's form that special bond with their new Battle Buddy. It's actually pretty amazing how different the dogs become in just five days of training. Dedication is a must on your part, you don't want to short change yourself or your new friend. The people there have become my friends and I plan on returning for future training and visits! Good Luck

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was introduced to Healing4heroes by a friend that received service dog training. From the beginning Healing4Heroes was very responsive in what I needed in a service dog and how they could help me train. Even after training they kept me engaged with my service dog to ensure his training maintained the standard I needed. I recommend them to any veteran or veteran family member that is in need of a service sog and training as well.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Healing4heros is a great Organization. They pay Great attention to each individual it is in training. Facial each veteran how to train their service animal to benefit their needs. Very professional and very polite individuals. One of the better organizations that I’ve dealt with to take care of our veterans.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was very impressed by healing4heroes for helping me turn my three year old lab into a service dog. My battle buddy and I have been together for about 2 and a half years before we went to the class in June 2021. Since then I have been continuing the work personally between Rosie and I because it is important to remain focused at the task at hand when having a battle buddy of your own. I had an amazing time learning and gaining important knowledge on the process, progress and training to make my buddy into the best friend that I want to use to decrease my PTSD and TBI symptoms. I can’t wait to continue to learn and do new tasks with Rosie and return for the second session soon after completing hours required. The organization is very well organized and follows all necessary guidelines set forth by ADA for service animals. They are also very knowledgeable in many situations and what if’s when owning a service dog. From the top down from admin to volunteers this organization runs on good standings and values in helping those who gave up a lot and lost a lot of freedoms after injuries.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I went to H4H in April 2021 with my husband who is a Veteran with PTSD and a TBI. The group of people we met there became family by the end of the week. They are so focused and attentive to the needs of the Veteran and their Battle Buddy. Piper, Chris, Mark and Bobbi are the most wonderful, caring, involved people!! If my husband has a question someone will respond to him immediately. Since we have been home my hubby is like a different person. He has a more positive outlook on life and looks forward to his daily training with Fudge and taking her everywhere we go. This organization has literally changed my husbands life!! This organization truly cares and I would highly recommend anyone who is in need of a Battle Buddy to contact H4H. They love what they do and the people they do it for.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization with an excellent and caring staff. The training provided is priceless. I can now venture outside my home with Lucy, my service dog and participate in the world around me. Both my mental and physical status has been affected for the better.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I went down in 2017 and got my service dog Maya, we trained for five days and she has been awesome for me! What H4H and all of the volunteers, trainers, and admin do is nothing less than amazing! I am proud to be apart of the H4H family. I just recently talked with Piper and Bobbi, I had something come up that needed paperwork that I had lost. They got it to me as fast as they could with all the other things they have going on! They are a great team! Please if you are a veteran and think you would benefit from a service dog get in contact with them.

1 Jennifer M.29

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is an absolutely fantastic group of people who have the heart and dedication to really help others. My child has Cerebral Palsy and we applied under the civilian application. The training brought such amazing people together in a supportive and caring environment. This is a group that makes a difference. They take such great care of their dogs and have a talent of pairing the right battle buddy to the right handler. Healing 4 Heroes is actively helping people to heal with the help of their furry friends. I am genuinely thankful for them and everyone I met during the week of training.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is like no other. I was provided a new heartbeat name Diesel. The name couldn’t be more fitting as he helps re light my dreams my will. Which while not to the mission in uniform but my mission and desire to never give up. Thank everyone at the organization for helping me rejoin the fight.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

The crew, quality of training, and all around experience at Healing 4 Heroes has been an experience that I am blessed to have been a part of. They offer high quality instruction for you and your new battle buddy. The entire staff at Healing 4 Heroes provided all of us with a week of training that was filled with fun, compassion, empathy, and worked with us individually to achieve each of our goals. I don't have the words to describe how much these people changed my quality of life for the better. I highly recommend this organization to all of my fellow disabled Veterans! Thank you so much!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I just spent 5 days with this organization working with my Service Dog Fudge. I am totally amazed at the welcoming we received immediately, within minutes I saw the caring and passion these people have for what they do instantly. Providing a Service Dog to Veterans and others in need is exactly what this group does. My Service Dog was already trained by another Veterans organization, but was lacking in continued support and assistance. Fudge and myself learned more in 5 days than the other training offered, it was not even close to what I received from H4H. I went in as a stranger and came out as family with a much better service dog. I cannot stress enough, if you need a service dog, please check this Organization. It truly was a blessing to be welcomed to this training and meet these amazing people.

2 Ken S.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to my first class of H4H inDecember 2018. I got to adopt a wonderful companion who I named Spirit.
Spirit is has become a member of my family and has been a heaven sent to me. She lets me know if I am getting an attack and she calms me.
All the trainers are fantastic and are always there for you.
I look forward to every meeting I go to and everyone at H4H is my second family.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I first began working with H4H in 2010. When I was approached by Piper, an absolutely incredible woman and amazing soldier. She saw a need for a service dog organization for veterans that actually cared about veterans and dogs, and not about money. I was thoroughly impressed by Piper, her ability to lead, and her accolades in the military. I trained a few dogs for her over the years, before I pursued another career. However I can say of all the organizations I’ve worked with over the years, Healing 4 Heroes is the ONLY one I would recommend to a veteran in need of a service animal.

3 Chandra J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization has been nothing short of a blessing to me and my family. I was matched with my best friend/ battle buddy Luna almost a year ago and she has changed my life. The support given has been exceptional. Healing 4 Heroes is a wonderful nonprofit for a community of individuals who may not receive the help they needed otherwise. I am truly thankful to be one of the lucky recipients to be accepted in as a part of the family. I give them 5 thumbs up!

4 Andrea A.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I honestly cannot say enough about how wonderful H4H is. I had been trying for a couple of years to locate resources and support to afford a service dog for my 14 yr old with extreme anxiety, etc. My accountant, Sandy Lewis, told me about H4H and suggested I call them. Well, it couldn't hurt. I talked with Piper Hill and we got training set up and began the paperwork process....and this past Feb 2021 we met the staff at training in Peachtree City and kiddo met her 'battle buddy.' The trainers and staff are amazing!! They truly understand the various issues people face and help pair them with the perfect dog for them. The program is thorough, with wonderful extras like talks on brain health and nutrition for dogs and people. Kiddo did amazing in training, and so did Henry. We honestly did not want to come home! Kiddo and Henry continue to train at home, and act like they have been together forever. Henry fits so perfectly into our lives, from school to the horse barn. We feel so blessed to be in the H4H family and look forward to many future continued trainings. I have shared our H4H experience and info with so many people and know H4H can help veterans and kiddos alike.

6 Amy S.18

Client Served

Rating: 5

Piper, Schielioh, Mark, Bobbi, Chris and the rest of the volunteers really stand out among the best of the best. From pairing you with a dog to suit you, to training and continued support. With this organization, you don't just get a new battle buddy. You get a new family that supports you through anything you need. Without them, I don't think I'd be as productive and functional. They are literal life savers.

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

H4H had become an extension of my family. My service dog is amazing. During the pandemic they took every precautions to keep the veterans and dogs safe. I have ran into different problems with the general public’s lack of understanding about the rights of service dogs. H4H has helped me handle every situation that has arises. Piper has a heart of gold and will go to the ends of the earth for every veteran that she has touched. Bobbie and Chris have been just a phone call away as with all the other volunteers.

H4H change my life. With my service dog I am able to move with more confidence knowing my battle buddy is there to assist me with tasks I need assistance with doing. Without him my life was a struggle. My service dog is amazing I thank H4H for giving me a better quality of life.

As a female disabled veteran sometimes I felt invisible. H4H gave me my life back with honor and respect.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

H4H changed my life and my family. I have a support and assistance from my battle buddy. I do not know how I functioned without H4H support. Oh right....I didn't. Lol. Thank you to everyone's support at H4H, you did not just give me a great service dog, you brought back the military camaraderie. It is so easy to get lost and forgotten in this civilian world thank you for being there for me at every email and phone call, I love you all.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

One of the best experiences I’ve ever had. Thank you to everyone from the bottom to the top who takes care of the veterans who walk through the door. You are all amazing trainers & an amazing team. I watched people & Veterans like myself walk out the training facility with new found purpose and hope. Thank you for the talks on positive attitudes & moving forward. It’s helped me find the peace I needed. I’m eating sweet potatoes & good stuff to feed my brain. I know what to do to take care of my dog’s health too! It’s just been an absolutely amazing experience with a new family. I cannot thank you enough & I can’t wait to come back. My shelter dog with his new mission in life thanks you too.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have a TBI and epilepsy. Through this amazing nonprofit organization, I was paired with a dog who was trained to help me mitigate the symptoms of my epilepsy.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was truly amazed with all the compassion & dedication that Healing4Heros takes to help you with training your service dog. Piper & the trainers took the time that I needed to help with each problem that I was coming across. It already has helped me to get more active as I haven’t been moving much in the last 10 years. I have a very bad back & in pain every day. Jade has taught me that I need to calm down & not be so anxious all the time. Jade is definitely getting me out of the apartment a lot more. I know this will be an ongoing process & everyone will be there to help anytime I need it. You guys are the best !!!! Thank-You!

3 Jane T.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The wonderful thing about what Piper does is that she saves dogs as well as veterans. The dogs,like people, come in all shapes and sizes. Piper manages to match them up so well. This is a truly wonderful organization.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

We couldn’t thank H4H enough! They have treated my entire family like their own and we can’t wait to pay it forward. I didn’t feel judged or weird, everyone was very understanding and we learned so much in a short period of times. Piper is a a ray of light and positivity and I couldn’t be more thankful for her and the trainers.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with this group since it was just Piper & her sister Blair. They are wonderful, giving people. I’ve watched classes on 1 to classes of 28 come through whatever doors Healing4Heroes happens to be using at the time. Every class is amazing. Every veteran has a story of residence. Every dog has a story of survival. Piper always has a story of hope to share with the veterans who come for help & love for the civilians who come to assist. It truly is a moving, touching experience to watch everyone grow as they try to heal.

None of the volunteers are paid & they have no employees. Everyone knows how to train, from Piper on down to Bobbi (don’t let the administrator fool anyone. She’s very sweet, and organized, but keeps everyone inline. ;) There is no ‘down’ when it comes to this spunky, pretty lady). It’s a great team with Chris, Mark & Schieloh rocking it like infantry men and a marine would. Life is good when you’re around these people. Come volunteer. Come get a service dog. Come play ball. We’d love to have you on our team of veterans looking out for veterans.

2 Carlos G.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a great Non profit with service to people at the core of there values. They go above and beyond to help those who go thru there program. Excellent human beings in general

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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.

2 julianne2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Healing 4 Heroes since before Piper Hill launched this great organization. She had the passion, knowledge and personal experience to know the value of a service dog matched to the needs of a veteran coping with PTSD or Traumatic Brain Injury or just about any damage war could inflict. Her tight budget left very little room for a marketing plan. I offered my marketing skills long distance. I can proudly say I have never seen anyone as multi-faceted as Piper. She made things happen on a shoestring budget, tireless networking, and word of mouth. Her love of dogs and commitment to rescue animals provides an avenue to help both human and canine clients, essentially saving two lives. Thirteen years later, H4H is going strong, now helping people with different disabilities train a dog to their specific needs...and she still does it on a shoestring.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Healing 4 Heroes is exactly the kind of grass roots effort that appeals to me. Their mission is simple. Use their experience, skills and passion to provide trained service dogs for Veterans suffering PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury and other unseen wounds of war at no charge to the Veteran. Their method is to rescue shelter dogs for this purpose as often as possible. The Veterans Administration no longer funds service dogs, but the need increases and the list of applicants grows.

These service dogs help their Veteran by calming them during a panic attack, reminding them to eat or take their meds, urging them to get up, move around, protecting them from threatening situations, uplifting them during a fugue. The dogs can be trained to respond to seizures. They can also be trained to help with the Veteran's physical limitations.

Healing 4 Heroes is a 501 (c) 3 charity and relies on donations and grants for their funding. They will never charge a recipient for the dog. Based inAtlanta, GA, Healing 4 Heroes is a national organization. They go where the training is needed, using only certified psychiatric dog trainers.

3 Monica Morvant K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband joined h4h 3 years ago. They blessed us with service dog to assist my husband. They showed him how to train him which alone boosted his confidence. They constantly check o him and his service dog. His current service dog is approaching retirement and h4h is already starting to train a dog for a seamless transition

3 Brett K.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

H4h continues to astound me. They will do pretty much anything if it makes a positive difference in a veteran’s life. I received my first service dog from this amazing group 3 years ago. Over the course of the 3 years they assisted me, checked on me. Now it’s been determined that my service dog is ready for retirement and already H4h has set aside and started training dog for. I owe this group a debt of gratitude that will take me a lifetime to repay

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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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2 Rtussery

Client Served

Rating: 5

Harley came to me as a rescue Dec 2019. We were accepted by Healing4 Hero’s Dec 6, 2020 Service Dog class. During this class I learn to be more positive and accepting of others and to breath and not worry all the time. I can say they have help me and Harley connect at a level I never knew was possible. And I am becoming more trusting in Harley’s abilities to help me navigate through my life. Piper,Chris, Bobbi, Mark,Lynda have all had a hand in helping me and my Battle Buddy Harley get off to good positive start together. And I now feel as though I have a group I can trust in our journey forward.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am truly fortunate to be a member of this organization. Over the years, I have witnessed amazing transformations of not only those individuals who participate in the program, but their battle buddies who perform their jobs while giving their handler unconditional love and support, as well. What a blessing to be part of Healing4Heroes!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can’t say enough about Healing 4 Heroes and what they mean to me. When I came to them I was in a really bad place and desperate for help. I was just like every other combat veteran out there, trying to make it in a civilian based world. I was lost. The VA would t help and the nearest appointment I could get for help in talking to a professional was 13 months away and it was just to get a consult to see if I could get into therapy. I was at the end of my rope.

That’s when I heard about H4H and I reached out. They immediately got started on telling me what I needed to do and helped me through the entire process. Once they realized how bad things were they immediately got to work on finding me my dog. Once completed I was able to meet my best friend. I can’t tell you how excited I was the day they drove “Danni” down from Georgia to Louisiana to me. When I saw her it was an instant connection and I suddenly knew that everything will soon be ok.

We began training a bit later and I was amazed at how smart she truly was. She picked up on things so fast and we quickly advanced to to top of the class in progress. Danni has always been there for me. She’s calmed me down in my darkest of moments and pulled me out of my darkest of nightmares. I absolutely owe my like to my best friend and to H4H. I wouldn’t be here today without them.

Thank you H4H for giving me my life back and saving not only my life but Danni’s as well. I love you guys.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you H4H for all you do. I was in a bad place in my life when I met you all 2 years ago. Thanks to you and my wonderful "Battle Buddy" Danni my life and my ability to love again have been restored. She is amazing. You guys are amazing. Keep up the good work. God bless you.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Supporting my husband in the US Navy for 31 years was an honor. These many years (1968-2003) have taken him from many experiences causing situations of PTSD and other issues. His care is somewhat taken care by the VA but was missing something important. We were introduced to the training and possibilities received from Healing4Heroes. This has brought him from doom and sadness to the complete focus of his team player. The love and companionship of his service battle buddy, Alli is different than family or the medical staff can provide.
We are most proud of how Healing4Heroes treat their veterans and gift them with a partner for a healthy life and goodness. Their doors are open for additional and advanced training and this service is given with an open heart and kindness.

The Ferris Family

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing organization! All the volunteers and founder really care for the veterans and their family! I can not believe these people and how much they truly wanted to help others, not just service dog wise but other aspects of a individual’s life as well. They are very educated on different organizations that help military families as well. This is a great organization to get involved in.
Note that once you get a service dog by this organization, you must make the effort to keep up with the training and logs for the dogs! Training never ends and the review training and advanced training sessions are amazing!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

H4H is a great group of people that we now consider family. I didn’t personally go through the program, but I see every day how much they have helped my husband. My husband now has a battle buddy named Hondo. Thank you Piper and crew for all you have done for my husband.

4 Andy H.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am retired Military, and now I am a truck driver. I was injured in May of 2020 and had surgery on my right shoulder and bicep. When the Doctor finally put me on lite duty, my company found a local non-profit in Peachtree City, GA near my home town.
When I went to meet Piper Hall the founder of Healing 4 Heroes and we talked and she told what all she did and was about, I was ready to work I would do anything to help a fellow Veteran. I also found out I was eligible in getting a Service Dog and I found “Jax” at our local animal shelter. We went thru the week-long training at the Healing 4 Heroes training grounds and my dog has made a big difference in my life.
There are no employees at this non-profit that get paid, but I can tell you now after seeing the training and the love these dogs give you afterwards, the 5-6 fulltime volunteers Piper has on her staff, are Godsend to any Veteran that is in need of extra help of a Service Dog.
Thank You
Healing 4 Heroes you have made a big difference

4 Edge G.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is an amazing group with an extremely caring leader. I have personally witnessed the lives changed by this organization.

3 jdelay

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been involved in Healing4Heroes (H4H), first as a disabled civilian client and then, as a volunteer. I began training in the program years ago, when my husband left me with a four month old Labrador Retriever. As a long-time paraplegic due to a car accident, I'd considered trying to find a service dog, but the process as I understood it was daunting: a lengthy wait list, time-consuming schedule if accepted with many attendant restrictions that caused me to procrastinate...for about thirty years. Once I began the H4H training program, I was truly grateful for the support and continued education, and the expedited classes were inspiring. My heart was broken and consistently reassembled to see veterans in each class who received service dogs who in turn changed their humans' lives in profound ways that most civilians can barely imagine. I learned so much about the difficulties faced by our veterans as they transition back into civilian society with physical and mental disabilities such as traumatic brain injuries and PTSD, and/or other mobility/cognitive limitations. Even though I survived a random, traumatic spinal cord injury that catastrophically changed my life, these military men and women sacrificed their lives on a voluntary basis for us. Witnessing the transcendent capacity of wounded people to respond to creatures who offer unconditional positive regard is humbling. And those canines who were rescued from shelters or from abuse and neglect share their own capacity to reestablish trust in humans. Although it sounds corny, H4H is a rehab love story. I'm overwhelmed by the resilience of the veterans in the program who meet their canine "battle buddies" and by the transformations that become suddenly visible in partnerships forged during a brief, intense week of training. Both dog and human spirit bonding is a magnificent testimony to the mission of Healing4Heroes. But the story continues as each veteran takes his/her new service dog home. It's not easy. Training a dog is hard work and dogs are as idiosyncratic as humans. H4H dedicates itself to supporting every veteran and dog to reach the potential that neither would actualize alone. Veterans are encouraged to return, to "recurrent" and to train from beginning to advanced classes. What an incredible alliance. I met a veteran in a hospital waiting room who was drawn to my Lab (who was behaving as a perfectly trained service dog). This man expressed his tentative hope of getting a service dog some day and I gladly referred him to H4H. Within six months, as I interrupted a class, he was there and exuberantly exclaimed that Healing4Heroes was the best thing that had ever happened to him! The veteran sitting next to him echoed his sentiment. At another time, a woman in a thrift store, drawn to my well-behaved service dog (not always the case), asked questions until she hesitantly expressed her desire to foster a dog for a veteran. Again, I referred her to H4H, as a volunteer. Service dogs trained in the program become, in a way, ambassadors of hope. They excite good will and optimism, the desire and dedication to help that Healing4Heroes embodies; it's circular logic, the ethical consequences of positive karma in which good intent and good deeds can influence the future of individuals. Compassion is a gift that keeps on giving and Healing4Heroes begins with the altruistic aim that changes one life after another like concentric waves of a stone thrown into a pond. And we all benefit by the ever-widening ripple effect.

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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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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was introduced to this organization as they were helping my husband with his invisible wounds from the military not knowing that those wounds were transferred to me. Now I am a widow wearing those same scars. H4H is the best thing that could have happen for me. He left, but they accepted me broken and all. Paired me up with not only a coach but a friend. When you meet Piper you would think that you have known her for years. She goes over and beyond to help you with whatever you may need from her. I appreciate her and the service that she and the volunteers provides for those of us who are suffering from the inside and out. I highly recommend H4H.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a top notch organization. When I say they care about the veteran, they care! I’ve never seen anything like it. There is so much passion, care & concern. From Bobbi (BobbiC) processing our paperwork, to Chris making sure things run on time, to Piper’s incredible giving, compassionate heart, this is the best veteran run veteran organization I have ever been a part of. I served with Piper in combat & I should have known it would be like this. She was the best commander I ever had in my 26 years of service. Her care & concern for both the veteran, the families of the veteran, and the civilians that worked for her shows up again strong in training a service dog with Healing4Heroes. She saved my life in war and now she’s saving my life on the HomeFront. I’m so happy to know she’s never stopped, 20 years later. God bless everyone helping with this mission. May God Bless every veteran who’s come through this program. I am so blessed to come full circle & be around such an empathetic leader & an empathetic team. Thank you all for helping me live my life.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My sister does volunteer work for H4H. I’m non military and have a neurological disease that effects my hands, legs and balance. My sister had an opportunity to speak with Piper about my situation. Piper, out of the “greatness” of her huge heart said she would love to provide me with a service dog and did just that. I live in Albuquerque NM and the H4H family of volunteers, pandemic and all delivered her across country. I received my service dog On the 4th of July and she is so much more than “man’s best friend”. H4H is amazing.

2 Tha S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

H4H is awesome organization for veterans. My doctor suggested I get a service dog because I suffer from PTSD. First I thought a dog couldn't help me, but I decided to give it a try because I really needed help. Selah, which is my service dog has been outstanding and helpful thanks H4H...GOD BLESS!!!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Top Notch Non-profit. They really care about Veterans and the Canines. Excellent organization that really does a lot of help for those that really need assistance.

4 JdDrinkard

Client Served

Rating: 5

One thing about this program that I will never take for granted is that it is a family. There is not a person in this organization that I wouldn’t die for. Their gift of time, energy, and heart and soul is what puts this organization above the rest. I will always consider H4H the place where my true healing began.

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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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been struggling with chronic back pain and major depression since I was discharged from the Marine Corps in 2010. I have had several spine surgeries and I have found it hard to even hold my kids. I had been in a dark place for several years before being accepted into the H4H family. In the month that I have had Bella my depression has improved, while my back pain is still there Bella is able to help me when I have trouble and comfort me when I’m feeling down. I can’t say enough good things about Piper, Bobbi and all of the volunteers! I will be forever thankful to H4H for everything that they have done for me and everyone else they have helped!

2 Jacob R.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was in a real dark place when I retired from the Army and Healing4Heroes was there for me. These dogs are rescued and in turn rescue the Veteran. I'm not a real open person but I am in good company there and am with people of similar experiences. H4H is absolutely life-changing.

4 Joshua A.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Healing 4 Heroes saved my life, through providing a service animal to help me combat my service related disabilities. This nonprofit is always welcoming, becoming a family, whether helping those in need (past providing a service animal) or encouraging service member to come back for further training. I cannot say anymore, except amazing. Both Scout and I approve

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Client Served

Rating: 5

H4H has been a blessing for me. After talking to my VA therapist, she did some research and informed me about H4H. She told me that a service dog would help me. So, I talked it over with my wife and, she agreed 100%. I filled out the necessary paperwork and my VA therapist submitted her letter, and within 20 minutes, I was contacted by H4H informing me that had received my documents. I was then scheduled for the June 2020 training class. I was a little nervous at first, because I never really had a dog before. But all of that nervous went away when I got NOLA. She was the perfect pick for me and my family. H4H is truly an great organization that really help Veterans. Mrs. Piper and her staff are tremendous. They really do care about Veterans and their family. Mrs. Piper, thanks for helping me and other Veterans.

2 kingddouble

Client Served

Rating: 5

Love’em.

“ The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.”

-attributed to Voltaire

Client Served

Rating: 5

Let me start off by saying that Piper is sent from GOD himself. Piper is the most selfless person I have ever met in my life. She really cares about us veterans. Her non-profit, Healing4Heroes saved my life. Piper has, and always, will help people, veterans and non-veterans a like. She really takes care of everyone; putting others before herself. I will always be forever grateful for her and everything she does.

2 The Borgic

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hello we are a army family two boys with ASD (Autism disorder)our youngest is very LF(Low functioning) he runs in parking lots doesn’t understand danger healing for heroes stepped up and helped us with our issue with a service dog amazing 5 day traning in person. Kobe was Basic service trained but when we got there for the five days we were intense training for what we needed him for. We have had Kobe for a year now and no running in the streets. No big public places anxiety meltdowns.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

After talking with our health care professional at the VA, Deb and I were convinced that a service animal would be a wonderful addition to our family. We submitted the necessary paperwork to various organizations, but we only got a few responses. The ones that did respond told us that the wait times could be as long as a year. When the Covid pandemic hit, we were devastated because everything was closing down. I had almost given up hope, but God felt our distress. One day, while at work, I had a strong feeling that I should try again. Deb told me that she had submitted an application to Healing4Heroes, so I called and left a message. 15 minutes later, I got a call from a nice lady named Piper. I introduced myself and asked her if she had any idea when they would resume training. She said that her organization had continued to train during the pandemic because she understood the importance of having a "battle buddy" during these stressful times. I was impressed that there are people still willing to give even if it means risking their health. Piper was very nice and she did not rush me off the phone. She said she was on the road, but when she got back to her office, that she would look for our application and let us know where we were on the list. I was so happy I felt like crying. When I later found out that we were scheduled for the next class, I did cry. I had the pleasure of meeting that nice lady named Piper when Deb and I attended training. Turns out that she is the founder and CEO of Healing4Heroes. The training we got was an experience that I will never forget. You gave us Jessop and he is the greatest gift anyone has ever given us. We are forever grateful for the Healing4Heroes organization. We love you Piper. God bless you.

David M.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Healing 4 Heroes have been paramount in helping our nation's finest succeed. I have personally witnessed the miraculous gift this organization has in turning shelter dogs into service dogs to "Healing Heroes". This is my go-to organization when I have questions, need advice, or have a dog in need.
Piper has more passion and thrive than anyone I know. She is hands-on, boots on the ground.
If I could give this ten stars I certainly would. This organization saves lives.

3 gstokes

Client Served

Rating: 5

H4H is an amazing service to veterans. I can’t say enough good things about Piper and her team. I had been working with my own dog and was told about H4H by another veteran. They helped me turn my dog from a pet into my battle buddy.

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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.

2 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.

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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

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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

3 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.