Statistics show that approximately 20 veterans take their own lives every day. David Sharpe, US Air Force Security Forces veteran and founder of Companions for Heroes (C4H), came very close to becoming a tragic part of this statistic. Shortly after a terrifying deployment in which David’s life was threatened, David began having difficulty with his personal relationships which affected his family and friends.
On two different occasions, David believed he had hit rock-bottom and placed a loaded pistol in his mouth, determined to end his life. He credits his rescue dog, Cheyenne, with saving his life - her soft touch and sad eyes prompted him to reconsider his choices. This life-affirming moment ultimately inspired David to help other veterans facing emotional and physical challenges related to their service.
In 2009, David began sharing his personal story with fellow military veterans, active-duty military, law enforcement, first responders, and others suffering from PTSD or related challenges. Recognizing the incredible power of the human-animal relationship, David wanted to help others embark on a healing journey with a companion animal or service animal. From this desire, Companions for Heroes was born.