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In May of 2013, Founder Andy Gladstein was in a telecommunications store in Coronado, California, home of the training base for the Navy Seal teams. He was wearing his Indiana University baseball cap and he struck up a conversation with a man and his wife. Andy learned that this gentleman was in charge of all the Seals on the Navy base. He had been deployed 28 times. His stories were fascinating and inspiring.

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The friendship between the Gladsteins and their newfound Navy friends continued with lunches, dinners and events. The last time they met, Andy was thinking thoughtfully about what to get his wife for a very memorable anniversary present. His hero friend suggested he buy a dog, have it trained and give it to a soldier that came back from war without limbs.

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Andy took this suggestion to heart and discovered an organization that matches soldiers with dogs, but at the impractical cost of $25,000 to place a dog with a veteran. In addition, the soldier would be burdened with the added costs of equipment, veterinary care and feeding his new charge.

Through connections with a friend, Andy finally had the opportunity to explain his desire to provide a service dog to a veteran.

It was then the realization hit Andy. What these soldiers needed was someone who would fight for them as they fought for their country; faithfully, every day, without question or complaint. The idea for Dogs for our Brave was born.

Expensive to train, equip and upkeep, Andy soon discovered that a service dog is an expensive proposition. The average veteran couldn’t afford one. Andy decided that in order to be successful, Dogs for our Brave needed to completely cover the cost of the service dog. This was the key point that made his vision different from every other. He met with trainers, with experts, with shelters, and with veterinarians, and put together an infrastructure that would result in a superior service dog for the most cost-effective budget. The 6-month training period for the next dog started in 2013, and in 2014 Gabby, a rescued mixed breed was placed with Chris Roseberry. In the following years, more service dogs were paired with wounded service member partners.

Dogs for our Brave has come a long way, but Andy’s mission has just begun. Until every wounded warrior who can benefit from a service dog has the opportunity to have one, with no cost to him or her, he’ll be out there, working to make the world a better place for the bravest among us.

  

Our Partners

We’d like to extend a big thank you to our corporate and media partners for your generous support. Your help gives us the opportunity to do what we do, and give both service members and our rescued dogs a chance at a better life.