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A few weeks ago, I posted an article about P2V or Pets 2 Vets. That organization is centered in the Washington, DC area. They continue to do great work bringing great dogs and our military heroes together for an increased quality of life!

Now there is an organization in the Southwestern part of the country. Soldier’s Best Friend (SBF) is a 501(C)3 tax exempt non-profit corporation based in Phoenix, AZ.

We (SBF) are devoted to helping our veterans and the pet overpopulation problem. Our staff is comprised of active military members, a combat veteran, practicing PTSD therapists, professional service dog trainers, a veterinarian, and many other great volunteers. To learn more about our staff click here.

We are now accepting applications to consider your placement with a Service Dog or Therapeutic Companion Dog. To apply now click here

All placement and training fees are no cost to the veteran. The veteran will be responsible for transportation and housing costs (if needed).

Soldiers are like you and me …
They’re PEOPLE!

Veterans diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, have issues with panic attacks, depression, nightmares, anxiety and reclusive behavior, Burnham said.

“Once they get their dog, they have to take it for a walk, so that in itself gets them out there,” he said. “And they’re more comfortable going into crowds, because they have their buddy with them.”

Training is done with the soldiers and dogs, and is composed of private and group sessions one to two days a week for up to 30 weeks at the Disabled American Veterans Hall at 8447 N. 61st Ave. in Glendale.

All of the dogs will receive basic obedience training, and some will be taught additional skills depending on the soldiers’ needs, lead trainer Shawna Swanson said.

“We have one veteran that’s requested the dog wake him up prior to a nightmare starting, because he talks in his sleep before the intense nightmare sets in,” Burnham said. “There are dogs that just have that instinctive behavior to read an anxiety attack coming on; we can’t train that into the dog.” PLEASE READ MORE