Heroes for Heroes – Our Veteran Programs Explained

Gerardo and service dog Ginny | service dogs explained

Gerardo kneels next to his service dog Ginny

At Southeastern Guide Dogs, we serve veterans who cannot see, and those who have seen too much. We have the utmost respect for those who serve, and that’s why we provide remarkable dogs for veterans at no charge: guide dogs, service dogs, facility therapy dogs, emotional support dogs and Gold Star Family dogs. Here’s an overview of each type of dog.

Eric and guide dog Scout

Eric and guide dog Scout

Guide dogs

Our guide dogs offer independence and freedom to visually impaired veterans, restoring confidence and dignity. Veterans live and learn on campus for 21 days with help from their new companions. Gone are tentative steps and white canes, replaced by heads held high and brisk paces. Apply for a guide dog.

Morgan and Foley

Morgan and service dog Foley

Service Dogs

Our service dogs help veterans heal from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). With unconditional love and loyalty, they respond to commands that help restore stability and wellbeing. After our 12-day class, veterans report powerful stories of reconnecting with family and society once again. Apply for a service dog.

Facility therapy dog Champie

Facility therapy dog Champie with his unit

Facility Therapy Dogs

When wounded warriors are far from home, there’s comfort in the paws of a friendly dog. Facility therapy dogs live with facility staff and work at military hospitals and clinics around the country. Clinicians report beneficial effects as our dogs ease fears, deliver calm, and take the focus off of medicine and memories. Apply for a facility therapy dog.

Andy and emotional support dog Thompson

Andy and emotional support dog Thompson

Emotional Support Dogs

Our emotional support dogs warm the heart and soothe the soul for veterans with disabilities. Veterans improve their physical, social, and emotional wellbeing as the dogs provide companionship, relieve loneliness, and help mitigate chronic stress, anxiety, depression, or other limitations. Apply for an emotional support dog.

Gold Star Family

Alissa, Ella, and Gold Star Family dog Duke

Gold Star Family Dogs

Recognizing the sacrifices made when a family member dies in service to the nation, Southeastern Guide Dogs offers well behaved, loving companion dogs to Gold Star families in need. Apply for a Gold Star Family dog.
Here at Southeastern Guide Dogs, we like to say, “They’ve served us, now it’s our turn.” If you or someone you know is a veteran in need of one of our dogs, apply today.

Posted on May 23, 2017 | Category: Blog