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We rely on 100% public donations and corporate sponsors.  We have NO paid employees!

We are a 100% volunteer based organization!  Please consider making a donation and help save two lives! 22 veterans commit suicide every day and that is 22 too many!

Our mission is providing service dogs to combat military veterans suffering from PTSD and/or TBI.  Our hope is to ease the debilitating discomfort of PTSD and/or TBI of military combat veterans when partnered with their service dogs.

We are a 501c3 non profit organization dedicated to training service dogs with disabled

combat Veterans suffering from PTSD and/or TBI. We pull 90% of our dogs from city kill shelters that pass

our lengthy and vigorous evaluation from our Director of Training. Once a veteran is accepted into our program,

we start searching for their service dog.  We start training the service dog in training and the veteran together. 

We feel this forms an extremely tighter bond. The service dogs are trained by our Director of Training and our Senior Training Assistant, according to the veterans specialized needs and disabilities.  Once trained these

amazing service dogs, battle buddies accompany their veteran every where they go.  Assisting them in their daily

lives, giving back their freedom as they have done so for us.

We have created a second family.  We, have bonfires, cookouts and a lot of fun!!! 

We are a small local based organization and will remain that way.  We feel staying small, providing you one on one training and group training is more productive. You get specialized training and with the group you will find the comradery and support you need. We do more than just train service dogs. We have created a second family for you, and for some the only family.  A network of support, lifetime training, friendship and a bond that will never be broken. You can call us in the middle of the night if you need us, or your brothers. We are there!  IGY6

Meet our unit

Melissa Caposello,

President & co-founder 

Melissa and Carrie are the-founders of this program.  With both of us growing up in a military & law enforcement family, we felt there was more we could do to combat PTSD & TBI.  We believe dogs can reach combat veterans in ways that people are unable to do.  I work mainly behind the scenes now due to my Muscular Dystrophy progression.  

Service Dog- Scrimps 

Breed- Doberman, CGC, SD

Trained for- Mobility, fall recovery,

PTSD, TBI, balance, blood sugar & pressure & wheelchair assistance

Michael "Bandaid" Wright

US Navy Corpsman 

Board Member & SSGT at Arms

Bandaid is our SSGT at Arms over Veteran Outreach and also helps coordinate fundraising opportunities.  He attends all of our events and is always willing to help in any area that may be needed! 

 

Service Dog: Liberty

Bred: Labrador Retriever 

Trained for: PTSD & TBI

Picture coming!

Carrie caposello

Vice President &

 Director of Training & co-founder 

Carrie has dedicated her life to training and working dogs and is the co-founder of our program.  She has trained under some of the best dog trainers! Carrie has been working and training dogs for over 20 years!  She has trained and worked contraband detection dogs to service dogs.  She is also a published photographer and a former Veterinary Technician. Carrie is the driving force behind this organization, without her talent and dedication, our service dog organization would not exist!

 

Service Dog: Garm

Trained for: PTSD, TBI and Seizures

Breed: Golden Retreiver

Dylan is on our board but will resume his command here at DFW Canines for Veterans when he is out of the USMC.  He is actively serving in the US Marine Corps.  

Dylan Horan

USMC Active Duty

Board Member & Secretary 

Jess Mcclure US AMRY

SGT at Arms

Fred Caposello

US Army Vietnam Veteran

Board Member & veteran advisory 

Jess is our SGT at Arms over Veteran Outreach

She is very instrumental in helping all of our veterans on our team!

 

Service Dog: Odin

Bred:German Shepherd 

Trained for: PTSD & TBI

Amanda & Dane Long

Amanda - USAF & Dane - USMC

The Long's are our Puppy Coordinators

They are both combat veterans and play an extremely important roll in program! PUPPIES! Where would we be without the puppies??

Fred {aka "Mr.C.") is a Combat Vietnam Veteran, he is a board member and the Patriarch of our organization.  

He keeps all the guys in line! He is always ready and willing to help the program in any way needed.  

He attends every event we have and we could not run this program without him.  He is a natural leader and we all look up to him.

Fred was a MP in the Vietnam war and is a decorated combat veteran.

Josh Terry, US Army 

Crisis Prevention and Intervention 

Josh is been very instrumental in our program.  He does everything from veteran outreach to counseling to helping in crisis intervention! He is always on stand by to do whatever needs to be done!

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permission from Caposello Photography, Carrie Caposello or Melissa Caposello.  ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. This website contains material protected under

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