The Delta Dogs

Melissa & Nala

Serving in the Army/ARNGUS since 2009, Melissa reached out in the summer of 2020. After a decade of moving every few years, she and her family settled in NH and she saw an opportunity to make the commitment to our program and work towards having a service dog. When she joined our program, she had stated that she did not want to rush the process and after a year of waiting it is safe to say that the process was not rushed. But the picture of patience, Melissa was a great advocate for herself and her family, helping us to make sure we found just the right dog for her situation.
And that we did with Nala. This calm girl is unphased by the natural energy of small children, a big factor in the match making process to ensure a safe and smooth integration. Her sole focus is Melissa and to be by her side in all that she does, including her return to school to get her nursing degree.

Jenilee & Forest

Shortly after graduating high school, Jenilee enlisted in the United States Army. Unfortunately, her plans for a lifetime of military service were derailed early on and she returned to civilian life carrying a heavy mental load. She was able to find outlets of service through work and her family, however there was a great need of her to be in service to herself. Joining Operation Delta Dog was just one small step in doing just that.
It wasn’t long after Forest came to us that we realized he was just the right fit for Jenilee and her life. Fitting right in with all the humans and canines already in her home, Forest has settled in by her side in all that she does, helping to manage the anxiety she experiences out in public. He even loves camping with the whole family!


Gary & Huey

Gary is both an Army and Air Force Veteran and former EMT. When he joined us in 2021, he was working tirelessly supporting veterans in Massachusetts as the Veteran Service Officer for Middleton, MA. Shortly after he joined Operation Delta Dog, Huey became available to join the program. Always supportive, Gary donated to help bring Huey up to New Hampshire from Alabama. We knew early on that Huey was going to make a great service dog and that they would be a great team. Not only are they a perfect match, the very first helicopter Gary was on during his service was a “Huey”. Now retired from his VSO role, he and his family have relocated to Northern New Hampshire where Gary and Huey enjoy spending time on the lake and Gary volunteers with the local fire department.


Bill & Daisy

Voluntarily enlisting during the Vietnam War in 1966, Bill is Navy Seabee veteran. Living a lifetime with the aftermath of his service and the tragedy of becoming a Gold Star parent, he reached out to us in June of 2021 after learning of our services at an equine therapy event.


Paul & Watson

After his time with the Marines was cut short due to an injury, Paul joined the Army National Guard, both in Oregon and then transferring to New Hampshire. After deployment to Afghanistan in 2004, he found himself in civilian life living with both physical and mental challenges. Spending years working on his health, Paul learned about Operation Delta Dog at an event hosted by the Merrimack NH VFW. He applied shortly thereafter.
A few months after Paul joined us, Watson arrived, and we were not quite sure who he would be a good fit for with his high energy and size. However, it soon became evident that he and Paul were meant to be with each other. Despite many challenges early in the training, Paul has continued to stay on task and work through anything that comes up. And all that hard work and dedication can be seen as they operate through life together.


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