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Healing4Heroes™ Inc

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Causes: Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

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

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

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

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

Community Stories

39 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

9

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband came across this amazing organization last year and was accepted. My husband was anxious and excited to attend, he had many questions but they were quickly answered with personal calls or emails to prepare him weeks before his class date to help him with any accommodations that he may have or difficulties that he needed assistance with. After the extensive pairing and training with his "battle" during the program, he came home with Mack. I, as the wife, did not know what to expect and Mack has surprised me at every turn. I owe my thanks to the organization as whole but the staff that work within deserve many individual thanks as well for what they do. The people that go to rescue groups to get the dogs that would be good service dog, the foster families, the trainers the give the dogs the head start, to people that pair the veterans with the dogs, the trainers the continue the training with the vets long after they are given the dogs, and all the donator that make it happen for the veterans to be able to receive a service dog. The founder that makes all this happen...She is the most selfless person of them all, she take calls and emails no matter where she is, what time, or what she is doing. She has her own life and family trials yet she puts all that aside for her veterans and veterans families (this includes the veteran's Battles) This is amazing!

My husband just returned from a mini weekend class that was offered and said it was very helpful to not only him but to Mack as well.

H4H believes in helping our nation's heroes, not just in a moment but over a lifetime, H4H has continued to be there long after the dust has settled of having a service dog in the home, helping work the kink in the system while in our home and at the mini sessions that are offered. They are another support system there for us veterans. H4H is founded by a veteran for veterans.

5 Tommy L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Found this amazing foundation online. Filled out the application and heard back the next day. Everything they do is thought out with the Veterans as the priority. You will never meet a more loving,professional and hard working group of patriots that love there vets.

6 Daniel117

Client Served

Rating: 5

I revived my service dog Nellie through H4H in Febuary 2016, H4H has brought me the help I needed and providing constant support through phone, email, 1 on 1.... The training that is done is so amazing I could not have asked for a better group to help me along my journey

6

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.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Healing 4 Heroes is an amazing non profit who has brought hope to the veteran community. By being veterans themselves we were able to relate to them and they understood what we were going through. My husband and I are both Marine Corps Veterans diagnosed with PTSD,TBI and other physical disabilities. The VA had prescribed us a lot of over the counter medication which was having very bad side effects. We kept on being prescribed medication after medication with no other type of treatment. We knew we needed a change, and that is when I found Healing 4 Heroes. They were able to give me a form of medication no one else could. I become more at ease and comfortable in everyday life. They are an amazing non profit with love for veterans like no other.

5 Tiffany68

Client Served

Rating: 5

A very friendly organization that has been right there to answer all my questions and give encouragement when needed. I can't say enough about the volunteers there, and how they go out of their way for not only the people in need, but also the dogs.

5 Kim_220

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.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've seen some very broken young people start a process of healing with this group. I've watched 100s of tattered men & women walk through our hotel to begin training. By the end of the classes, they walk out looking much different. They are taller, seem stronger & definitely more confident. They deserve the help. They had the courage to sign their names on that dotted line. We should do everything in our power to help them heal. Many kudos to this small group of ladies, and a few men, as I've seen them bend over backwards to help the veterans they adore.

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great people doing amazing things for veterans, most of which have given up hope in life.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thanks to Healing4heroes I can get out of the house. My dog is awesome. Every time I have a question they are available to help and guide me in the right direction.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I learned of Healing4Heroes from their trainer while training my own service dog. I was give the opportunity to come to some of their training classes with the veterans and was amazed at what a difference is made in the lives of both the veterans and the dogs. I began volunteering as an assistant to the trainer at several classes and am now helping in many ways. This organization will go out of its way to help any veteran it can and all services are provided free of charge to the veteran. Almost all donations go directly back to the veterans with very little being used for other expenses! Last year the overhead was around 4%!

5 Steve161

Client Served

Rating: 5

I needed a good service dog that would pair with my needs healing4heroes stepped in and the experience changed my life THANKS HEALING4HEROES

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a volunteer for H4H and am amazed at the difference a service dog can make in a Veteran's life! Not only are they saving so many dogs by getting them out of a pound but also helping so many Veterans get back to leading a more normal life. One of the classes I visited, the Vet hadn't been out of the house for over 2 years. After getting his service dog, he had left the house more in 2 months than he had in 2 years. Being a dog person I know dogs can steal your heart but after visiting a few more classes, it's incredible to see the Veterans bonding with the dogs and you can tell just by looking at the dogs that they are happy to have a human and a job! H4H is a very small organization with only volunteers that help run it. The Founder is an very caring person who has experienced all of the things these Veterans have experience so knows first hand how much a service dog can change their lives! If you're a Veteran who has PTSD or TBI or any number of other conditions, I urge you to look at H4H. It will be life-changing for you! And a HUGE thanks to all of you Veterans out there that have served and fought for our freedom, it's very much appreciated!

10

Client Served

Rating: 5

These folks are amazing. I went all the way from Ohio to Healing4hearos not knowing what to expect and from the moment I stepped out of my vehicle I was greeted with open arms. From day 1 to the last day it was very professional service. This was my last hope to living a normal life as many options have failed. It's been 4 months for my dog and I left there and I feel like a totally different person. My thanks goes out to the staff there. I would and have recommended healing4heros to all and any veterans in need. Richard Reed USMC Ohio

8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became involved with Healing4Heroes last fall (2014) when I read an article about them in our local paper. Having been a dog lover all my life and also a staunch supporter of our military men and women, I knew I had finally found my retirement niche. The people who contribute their time, energy, and resources to this organization are tireless, devoted, and very knowledgeable about the needs of our veterans suffering from PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury. I was even more inspired after I was able to observe a week-long training class and meet some of the men and women we are helping. Some of them are living with unimaginable injuries. And the dogs - I was amazed by their training and intelligence. I was brought to tears more than once as I watched these veterans and dogs bond and gain confidence and trust in each other.
I hear more and more about the long waits, red tape, and lack of interest our veterans are experiencing as they try to get help from our government agencies. At least Healing4Heroes is coming through for them - at no charge to the veteran and with a lot of love and caring.

8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Healing4Heroes has provided me with an amazing opportunity to explore two things that are close to my heart: helping veterans and rescuing dogs. Seeing what PTSD and Traumatic brain injuries first hand and the effects the unseen injuries have on the veterans I work with is eye opening. Healing4Heroes saves numerous lives, and not just the lives of veterans. Helping both the veterans and the dogs learn in environments that are overwhelming is an amazing experience. I have not only opened up myself, but I have a new found respect for those who serve. I believe, that without Healing4Heroes, I might not have the same views on our soldiers as I do now. Healing4Heroes is a wonderful nonprofit organization that not only helps veterans and shelter dogs, but it also provides such an amazing experience and mission for everyone.

5

Client Served

Rating: 4

My encounter with Healing4Hereos was very good. They are a caring organization dedicated solely to making the Veteran lives better. Very involved with clients. Communicates with them regularly. Everyone connected to the organization very friendly and helpful. I highly recommend this Organization to all my Veteran friends and military families. Having reached out to other non profits in the past 4 years with no response. Healing4Hereos are the real deal and the other organization they work with are just AWESOME.

7 julianne2

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.