A 501c3 non-profit organization intensely focused on providing an avenue for combat veterans with Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) to gain a Service Dog free of charge while reconnecting to the society they defended.
How it all started:
Matt Weitz was a sniper team leader in the US Army. After serving two combat tours in Iraq Matt struggled with the effects of Post Traumatic Stress (PTS). Prescribed medications for his disability only led to a fight with substance abuse that lasted 5 years. One day Matt took himself to rehab hoping for a new life. Upon his return, he began looking into a new form of help he heard about while in rehab. A service dog. But time after time, Matt's quest for a dog was rejected by distant organizations due to his history with substance abuse. One day, while shopping at the local hardware store, he met Adam Keith, a local businessman who owned not only the hardware store but a local dog kennel and had been professionally training hunting retrievers for over 15 years. Matt mentioned the reason he was looking to buy a dog and without hesitation, Adam offered him one of his Labrador puppies. While not the german shepard he was looking for, this incredible little puppy didn't disappoint. Matt was introduced to his new partner and the only name that came to mind was Freedom. Labeled with a humbling new name, Freedom and Matt were quickly becoming inseperable. On the second night, 8 week old Freedom climbed onto Matt's bed and woke him from a nightmare. After reporting this to Adam, the two knew they wanted to help more struggling veterans. Trying to find direction, Adam sent out an email to his Kennel customers to see what resources were available. A flood of responses poured back in and soon it was obvious that God had a much bigger plan than either of them had imagined. In the fall of 2014, Operation Freedom Dogs (OFD) was born and four years later, OFD is in need of their own facility in order to contine to grow to serve even more Veterans.