Meet the Teams
PAUL AND DOBBY
Paul spent four years in the US Marine Corps as a Combat Engineer, during which time he was deployed as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. Since his separation, he earned his bachelor’s in business and works to defend our NH coastline at the nuclear power plant in Seabrook.
Despite these accomplishments, Paul struggled to connect with the world outside of his home and away from his family. Since Dobby headed home as Paul’s service dog in training, Paul has been able to spend more time outside the home on his own with less anxiety. With graduation fast approaching, it is easy to see how beneficial Dobby has been in Paul’s life already and we are excited to see what their future has in store.
JOHN AND CARMYN
During his 11 years in the Navy, John served as a field medic and scout sniper. Six tours later, including deployments supporting Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, John returned home with a host of physical and mental challenges. Since joining our training program, John has proved to be an open book of honesty, dedication, and appreciation for being able to work towards a service dog of his own.
A man dedicated to service of others; he has worked hard to be in service of himself since his transition to civilian life and now he is in service of Carmyn. While she has been of tremendous support to him already, improving his sleep and providing the support needed during anxiety inducing situations, he lives to care for her like she is one of his children.
MIRO AND SCOOBY
Discharged in March of 2015, after almost 8 years of service as an Army Infantryman, Miro applied to join our program a few short months later in June. At that time, he was in the midst of making his transition into civilian life and we were not able to approve his application. But that was not enough to dissuade Miro from reapplying two years later. Coming back to us, Miro was more settled in a new home and attending school part time. Given his new situation, we were excited to have him join our program and support him on his journey to getting a service dog.
It took some time to find Miro’s perfect match, but when Scooby joined us it made sense as to why, this was the dog for Miro. So laid back, Scooby is a perfect support for Miro whether he is studying for his master’s degree, working on the board for Veteran’s Legal Service in MA, or simply running errands.
BOB AND JAGGER
During his time in the Army, Bob did one tour in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot with the 147th Aviation Company, 14th Combat Aviation Battalion. His heroic acts while in country earned Bob the Distinguished Flying Cross for going above and beyond the call of duty, as well as numerous other awards. In getting to know Bob, this is no surprise as he still looks to help others above and beyond what is asked of him.
Despite the recognition, Bob was left living with mental health challenges for decades. Then he met Jagger, a sweet boy who loves to play ball and going to camp when he is not on the job supporting Bob out in public. He even learned, all on his own, to let Bob know when his blood sugar is too low. It is only fitting that Bob’s pup also goes above and beyond the call of duty!
HEATHER AND ROSE
Heather spent 10 years in the Air Force, with one tour in Yemen, before transitioning back into civilian life. Unfortunately, this was not the easiest transition, but Rose came in to save the day. This sweet and calm girl has become Heather’s sidekick, by her side while she finished her bachelor’s degree and now moved on to start a master’s program shortly after graduating training.
Rose helps Heather feel safe in the world on a daily basis. With Rose’s support, Heather is now able to do things with her children and not have her challenges impact her kids’ childhood.
ERIC AND WILLOW
After 14 years in the Army National Guard, including a deployment as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom and again as support after Hurricane Katrina, Eric came to us in 2016 for assistance. Unfortunately, like so much of his life at the time, his time with us came with a host of challenges. Due to various circumstances, his dog Mika, became reactive to other dogs and was no longer able to complete the training needed for a service dog. But the bond was there so Eric and Mika have stayed together, she his Emotional Support Animal.
Fast forward to the end of 2019, Eric reached back out to us. While Mika was a great help to him, he was still in need of a true service dog and we were more than happy to welcome him back into the program. The timing could not have been better as Willow had been waiting for just her right veteran. Eric’s previous training made for a quick and easy transition. Willow and Mika became fast friends, and Eric now has the support he was looking for back in 2016.
EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMALS
Unfortunately, not every dog can be a service animal. But Operation Delta Dog feels that every dog has something to give, so we would like to honor these Emotional Support Animals (ESAs) that were trained by our staff.