America's VetDogs students come from all military branches and all eras.   


Although VetDogs began as a project of the Guide Dog Foundation in 2003 in answer to the need for specially trained assistance dogs for combat-wounded service members who had been deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan, VetDogs helps all American veterans who have served honorably, regardless of when or where they served, or how they became disabled.  The program was created and incorporated to give veterans easy access to the best services possible to improve their lives. 

The stories below are about the people who have broken down their barriers by making the decision to use an assistance dog to enhance their independence and mobility.  

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Video Testimonials

Joseph Worley and Benjamin
US Navy Corpsman Joseph Worley and his service dog Benjamin share their story from Benjamin's point of view. (credit A&E)

Kent Phyfe and Mike
US Army Sergeant 1st Class (Ret.) Kent Phyfe , a VetDogs service dog program graduate speaks about his service dog Mike, and how the VetDogs program changed his life.

Bob Shoemaker
Air Force veteran and recent guide dog program graduate Bob Shoemaker shares his story about making the decision to get a guide dog.

Gretchen Evans and Aura
Command Sergeant Major Gretchen Evans, a VetDogs hearing dog program graduate speaks about her dogs Aura and the difference she is going to make in Gretchen's busy life. 

Print Stories

Annabelle Weiss – The Heart and Soul of a Marine

Don’t let Annabelle Weiss’s petite stature fool you. Inside this delicate 90-year-old is the heart and soul of a Marine.  Almost 70 years after the end of World War II, the pride she bears from serving in the U.S. Marine Corps is still strong.  Continue reading here.

Paul Mimms - Focusing on What He Has to Give 
It took the loss of his vision to set Paul Mimms on the career path that he would find the most fulfilling. Mimms was stationed in San Diego for a year and a half before being deployed to Vietnam in January 1968 aboard the USS Luzerne County, which was designed to support amphibious operations.   Continue reading here.

Paul trains with his guide dog in Port Jefferson, New York
Will Fisher - Couldn't Ask for Anything More

William Fisher, Jr., 35, is the son of a Marine, so when he turned 18, he says, “It was my place to go next. I was born to it; I grew up with it.” In fact, Will had already enlisted via the Delayed Entry Program, which allows someone to enlist and choose a future date to report for duty.  Continue reading here.

AVD grad Will and his Service dog Lyla.