July 2019 Charity Spotlight: Companions for Heroes
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 storywith 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.
An estimated 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized every year. Companions for Heroes works to provide America’s heroes with companion dogs and service dogs, obtained from shelters and rescues, at no cost. Covered expenses include reimbursement of adoption fees, veterinary care, and the cost of training for the handler/dog. Dogs are trained to become a certified Companion Dog(earning the American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Certification) or a certified Service Dog(as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act).
In addition to connecting eligible recipients with the unconditional love of a Companion Dog, C4H works to increase public awareness of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and other challenges confronting our nation’s heroes while also rallying support for animal welfare and encouraging the adoption of shelter and/or rescue animals.
Companions for Heroes’ vision is to help every American hero while saving shelter and rescue animals from euthanasia. Since its inception, C4H has assisted over 3,500 heroes and saved shelter dogs, but they want to do more. Please join 4Knines in supporting Companions for Heroes by making a donation or shopping on Amazon Smile. Your support saves TWO lives!