John Bencken and Suzie
John is a Vietnam Veteran, and the first recipient of a service dog from VA Dogs. Suzie has been a constant companion for John, and has helped him to heal rifts with his family.
Charles “Chuck” Borton and Barney
Chuck served with the United States Coast Guard in the 1970’s, and was involved in rescue work and drug interdiction. After being medically discharged from the Coast Guard, Chuck continued his maritime work as a transport ship captain, then as an entrepreneur in Corpus Christi renting beach supplies.
Jamie Cole and Jake
Jamie served in the United States Army during Operation Iraqi Freedom. After being medically retired due to injuries, she tried to settle into civilian life as a teacher. Since teaming with Jake she has greatly enjoyed being a teacher, and her family and friends all agree that she has made miraculous strides.
Sara Olsen and Brownie
Daniel Simpson and Onyx
Daniel is a Vietnam Veteran, former combat medic.
Alessandra Schweers and Kota
Alessandra is a Navy Veteran, full time mom, and full time college student. Kota has helped her expand her participation in school, both in and out of the class room.