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Training, support, security, housing. Veterans are still fighting battles at home, and the Defender is up to the challenge of serving those who have served us.


Patriot Service Dogs trains service dogs for veterans without charge. Their dogs are trained to assist with issues such as PTSD, traumatic brain injuries, mobility issues, and Military Sexual Trauma. They support all honorably discharged veterans who would benefit from a service dog, regardless of era of service or combat wounded status. The service dogs are trained by volunteers and women incarcerated at the Lowell Correctional Facility in Central Florida who participate in the WOOF Program. This program is designed to educate and empower women while accomplishing the goal of placing service dogs with veterans. Patriot Service Dogs is a small organization with a dedicated community of volunteers, veterans, incarcerated women and supporters. And they are proud of all that they do together to change the lives of veterans.


Military Mobility is a nationwide nonprofit specializing in off-road expeditions and resiliency training for veterans in need. The program combats suicide, depression and the hardships of being physically injured. They use the rugged geographic landscape as a medium for the personal and professional challenges we face in life and a fleet of 4x4 vehicles for teams to literally navigate obstacles. Military Mobility created an inspirational home for experiential learning and believes in providing opportunity and instruction where veterans can rejoin a team, jumpstart passion, fuel teamwork, navigate operations, gain traction in leadership, align strategic goals and recover potential. The Military Mobility curriculum instills confidence, purpose, adaptability and social support to build resilience. This program is at no cost to the veteran, and they can gain FEMA certification for the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) to continue a life of service.


Helping Heroes Hunt provides outdoor accessible family adventures and fellowship for injured, ailing, wounded or disabled heroes at their recreational facility, Heroes Ranch. They proudly welcome heroes and their families from the military, law enforcement, firefighters, first responders, Gold Star Families, and special needs families. The Helping Heroes Hunt vision is to create Texas' best recreational "adaptive" hunting and fishing ranch. Lodging, ATVs, pontoon boats, hunting blinds, fishing docks, and more are adaptive and disabled-friendly. They can accommodate nearly any physical limitations that a hero or their family member may have. Helping Heroes Hunt strives to give heroes and their families a place to form a new circle of friendships, fellowship, and freedom to heal while enjoying the great outdoors.


The Travis Mills Foundation supports recalibrated veterans and their families through various programs that help these heroic men and women overcome physical and emotional obstacles, strengthen their families, and provide well-deserved rest and relaxation. Through a retreat located in the Belgrade Lakes region of Maine, veteran families, injured in active duty, receive an all-inclusive, all-expenses-paid, barrier-free experience in Maine where they participate in adaptive activities, bond with other veteran families, and enjoy Maine’s great outdoors. SSG Travis Mills coined the term “recalibrated veteran” after he lost portions of all his limbs in an IED explosion while serving in Afghanistan. He was injured and healed; he didn’t want to be called a “wounded warrior” — his wounds had healed. He adjusted to his new normal; he recalibrated.


The Warrior Freedom Service Dogs program is designed to do more than supply a service animal to a disabled veteran. They help veterans reconnect to the purpose-filled life they deserve; one of doing more than they thought possible. One of a restored brotherhood. One of becoming a better brother or sister, son or daughter, father or mother, friend and contributor to society. Warrior Freediom Service Dogs strives to give this gift of life and reconnection to the most deserving of all humans in our society: the American soldier. Their focus is on the combat veterans who have returned home from the battlefields with deep physical, mental and emotional wounds that make reconnecting to society a significant struggle. The goal for each veteran who enters the program is to become successful with their new canine life partner.