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Bodhi (pronounced Bo-dee) means “awakening”

Bodhi Battalion believes that veterans and first responders can realize a life they never imagined possible with the proper support, connection, and a canine partner.

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The Bodhi Battalion believes in the unmatched power of canine connection to address challenges unique to veterans and first responders. The program uses a combination of evidence-based therapeutic practices and service dog training to create a parallel learning process. Our innovative methods provide the most supportive environment to develop long-lasting balance and recovery.


Our mission is to provide accessible resources, community connection,  mental health services, and service dogs to veterans and first responders experiencing challenges related to post-traumatic stress, mental health, isolation, and risk of suicide.


To create a comprehensive system of support and wellness through collaboration with like-minded community providers to address the challenges specific to veterans and first responders and create a united front against suicide.


To foster independence for veterans and first responders struggling with PTSD and TBI.

Why Bodhi Battalion?

What makes the Bodhi Battalion unique as a nonprofit is that we look at each veteran/first responder as a whole person to effectively address the reasons for their current challenges. By gaining a deeper understanding of the unique needs of a veterans’/first responder’s issues, we can work together step-by-step to foster and maintain the components of a meaningful life. The Bodhi Battalion believes that canine involvement can provide the essential bridge to treatment that is so vital. In 2019 the Bodhi Battalion developed the P.T.S.D REDEFINED program, Providing Treatment (through) Service Dogs. This program allows veterans to interact and help prepare young service dogs in training for veteran/first responder matching and service placement. Our program utilizes critical cognitive and mindfulness-based techniques to create a parallel learning process that generates the most beneficial and welcoming environment for restorative therapeutic progress. Many organizations offer service dogs, and many offer therapy, but the Bodhi Battalion utilizes both to create a deeper, more enduring model of healing.

If you’re interested in a service dog, or know someone who is, you can learn more about the program or fill out our ‘interest’ application by clicking on one of the buttons below.

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