Companions for Heroes

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending a Companions for Heroes (C4H) awareness meeting at our local Pohick Library.

Previously known as “Pets for Vets,” C4H brings pets free of charge to active duty military personnel and emergency first-responders to increase public awareness of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI) and other psychological challenges faced by our heroes. More than 10,000 of these people suffer from service related disorders such as PTSD or TBI.

Since 2009, C4H has been able to place over 82 companion and service dogs to veterans and first-responders. This not only helps the veterans that benefit from the companionship, but it provides homes for dogs that would otherwise be euthanized. C4H have developed relationships with the military and shelters throughout the U.S., but there are still many veterans and that can be helped through this program.  

How can you help Companions for Heroes?

  • Contribute
  • Organize or host a fundraiser
  • Spread the word to friends, family and local shelters
  • Like “C4H” on Facebook

For more information, you can visit or contact Executive Director Lynne Gartenhaus at


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