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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

53 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.

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

1

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.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wonderful people who put the dog and service member first!

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5

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.

2

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.

1 DV Chris A.

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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3

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

1

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.

2 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!!

1 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!!

2 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.

2 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.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What an amazing group! The dedication they have to pair up Veterans with the perfect service dog is truly incredible. I have personally seen the difference H4H has made on the men and women who have served our country and it does not stop once the Veteran receives his or her dog. The support from the group continues for as long as needed and they become one big family.

1 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!!!

2 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.

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!

3

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.

3 Mary Catherine M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

1 Tracy L F.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

2 Katrina K.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

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