A Marine Veteran said, “I was getting real close to probably becoming one of the 22 veterans that every day take their lives . . . My Hero Dog knows right away if I am having anxiety issues and to focus on me. He will do something just to make me laugh and that’s what I need.” Hero Dogs improves the quality of life of our nation’s heroes by raising, training, and placing service dogs and other highly skilled canines, free of charge, with lifetime support of the partnerships. These astounding canines change lives . . . and save lives. By creating a partnership between a Hero Dog and someone who put his or her life on the line for our country, Hero Dogs is providing something that our traditional institutions do not. Seeing a trained, intuitive, compassionate dog sense emotional distress and come to their partner’s aid, or seeing them accompany someone who is in a wheelchair, turn on a light switch, or pick up dropped keys, makes you realize what a vital partner a Hero Dog can be. With a highly trained and devoted service dog, our heroes return to their lives with an effective treatment that is by their side, 24/7. A donor recently remarked, “Hero Dogs may be a small organization but what you do is huge."