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

America's VetDogs was created in 2003 to answer the need for specially trained assistance dogs for combat-wounded service members who had been deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan.  However, 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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Jonathan and Sterling

Recent service dog program graduate Jonathan speaks about his experience getting his new service dog. To learn more about VetDogs, or to make a donation, visit

Mat and Raven
Air Force veteran Mat recently received his new service dog Raven. Learn about Mat's experience on class and how Raven will help with in his daily activities.

Marvel Make me a Hero - Alex & Tara

Stacy & Charlie

Joe & Galaxie
Melanie Monts 
Learn about Melanie and the journey she took to receive her service dog from America's VetDogs.

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)

Mollie and Nahoa
Service dog program graduate Mollie, a former first responder, speaks about her experience getting her service dog and the impact he's had on her life. 

Sean Cogburn
Sean speaks about his service dog that is trained to help mitigate the symptoms of PTSD by providing the emotional and physical support that he needs.  A PTSD service dog can be trained to interrupt a night terror, retrieve an item, get help and much more. 

Peter and Anne Way and Rory 
Retired Army Major Peter Way and his wife Anne speak about the difference Peter's service dog Rory has made in their lives.

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

Stacy Pearsall
Hear how TODAY Puppy with a Purpose Charlie will help change Stacy's life.