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Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

On December 7, 1941 service members and civilians lost their lives on the Pearl Harbor Naval Station. Today we honor and remember them, their families and the survivors.

Happy Holidays! It’s that time of the year when we find so much joy and peace and hope. As we celebrate whatever our traditions may be Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanza, Diwali, etc., we experience that child-like faith that everything will be alright.

For many veterans living with PTSD or TBI, these holiday seasons can bring a lot of anxiety and stress. What most of us see as a joyous season with family gatherings and celebrations, for the veteran struggling it can be a trigger of remembering those battle buddies lost during deployment or heighten their sense of loneliness and isolation.

This is why the work we do at Soldier’s Best Friend is so important. A service dog can help relieve those symptoms triggered because of PTSD or TBI. The trusting relationship formed between veteran and dog can truly help a veteran through seasons of anxiety, depression, isolation and loneliness.

So, during this season of giving, won’t you consider making an end of year gift to Soldier’s Best Friend? Your gift will help us provide more veterans living with PTSD or TBI with the tool of a service dog to help them through the toughest seasons of their lives.

Thank you for your support and Happy Holidays from the staff and board at SBF!

Mixed-breed dogs offer genuine companionship as well as several other benefits that could make them a perfect fit for your family.

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Our Impact

  • Graduate Veteran/Dog Teams


  • Rescued Arizona Homeless Dogs


  • Our Goal for Veterans Served in 2022


  • Training Hours Provided in 2021


  • Ric & Wilfred
    Ric & Wilfred

    "My experience with Soldier’s Best Friend has been life changing. Coping with civilian life has become more manageable. I often imagine how simple life is for my buddy Wilfred… it keeps it all in perspective. When things get to be too much, my buddy is there. From the restless nights to the difficult situations, I have something that has been an elusive possibility…. I have hope again. I consider myself fortunate to have had this opportunity. Having this service animal has given me both an outlet for coping and restored much of my confidence. Thanks Soldier’s Best Friend and the generous donors who made this all possible.”

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