“The level of service at Brothers and Sisters in Arms Dog Training is fantastic. I am a Desert Storm Veteran and have been suffering from PTSD and TBI for many years. I am consistently impressed by the professionalism of every member of this group you will come in contact with."
- Military Veteran & Alumni of Brothers and Sisters In Arms Dog Training
"As a veteran of two tours in Iraq, I have struggled since my last deployment with the nightmares, anxiety and hyper vigilance from being down range. It was very difficult to put myself in a situation where there were large amounts of people around or even keep from getting overwhelmed while driving. After flying air assault missions in combat for 18 months, I couldn't find a way to calm myself down. My struggles caused a wall between myself and my fellow Soldiers, even my family and wife. Last September, I was just at the point of giving up, I met Phil Ruddock and he told me about this program where they train dogs to counteract the effects of PTSD. With nothing to lose, I filled out an application and entered the program. The first dog Phil introduced me to, Journey, was a perfect match. Under Phil's guidance and mentorship, we attended the eight week training course, we passed the final evaluation and earned our handler and service dog identification cards. Phil and Journey have completely changed not only my life, but my family's as well. Without the efforts of Brothers and Sisters Dog Training, I wouldn't have been able to coach the post girls softball team this year or taken my wife on a cruise for Valentine's Day. Journey continues to provide the support and confidence that allow me to gain my life back one day at a time. I recently went fishing again for the first time in six years and Journey was right there with me. This organization is taking on the task shirked by so many by caring for the thousands of veterans just like me that are trying to regain normalcy after serving their country. I am eternally grateful for the work Phil does and pray for this cause every day."
- Jake Norotsky-US Army
"Brothers and Sisters in Arms Dog Training is among the highest recommended organization I have ever seen and worked with. Professionalism, integrity and definitely service before self! I will always love, represent and be thankful for my new Brothers and Sisters."
-Firefighter-Brothers and Sisters Alumni
"For me personally my service dog is the best thing to happen to me in the 15 1/2 years in the military. My service dog constantly makes me laugh, gives me support when I am in emotional need and he makes me more confident. I feel safe with him always watching my back. Thanks for all the time you spend with me and my service dog. Brothers and Sisters In Arms Dog Training you are the best I will always remember you guy's and all the effort and knowledge you bring to the wounded warriors and all the family members."
- U.S. Army Veteran Retired (2017)
This is an amazing organization!!! They are truly doing such amazing work here in our town, as a military town this is so needed!! Amazing dogs and amazing volunteers who really put their hearts and souls into training and loving these dogs!! Keep up the great work guys! You are truly making a difference in people's lives!! Jessica Johnson
I am extremely grateful for this organization. My husband suffers greatly from PTSD and anxiety. This group paired him with the perfect dog. The trainers are dedicated loving people who guide veterans on training their dogs. The trainers volunteer their time and knowledge to build lasting bonds and top notch service dogs who go way beyond just meeting basic guidelines. This is an invaluable nonprofit and for many veterans a lifeline back into society without anxiety or fear. ET
I suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder-PTSD (anxiety, nightmares, etc..) and Traumatic Brain Injury-TBI (blackouts, memory loss), etc..). After every deployment I got worse, I was mean to my loved ones and closed off to everyone else and still on active duty in the Army. My dog and I are inseparable as she makes it possible for me to function as a “normal” person. She is constantly at my side and has made it possible for me to get on with my life. If anyone has the opportunity and privilege to join this great organization, please don’t hesitate, I don’t know if I would be here if not for them. RM
I am a 20 year army veteran. I have had very bad and vivid dreams for many years. I talked with the people from Brothers And Sisters In Arms about my ongoing problems. They were very supportive. Over two months now without those bad dreams. I take my dog to training Monday thru Friday. It's all free. What a great bunch of people that give their time and energy to veterans. I strongly recommend this group of selfless people. They have truly helped me. LH
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