Bodhi (pronounced Bo-dee) means “awakening.” The Bodhi Battalion believes that veterans can realize a life they never imagined possible with the proper support, connection, and a canine partner.

Imagine serving your country, immersing yourself in military culture, witnessing or participating in combat, and returning home, only to find yourself estranged from the civilian world years later. Feeling displaced, isolated, and disappointed, you consider you might need help but remind yourself it is not the military way.   After seeing your struggle, a friend or family member urges you to get help. Do you look for options like therapy, a service dog, or medication? When you finally decide you’re ready, you discover the wait time for therapeutic assistance could be weeks or months, and for a service dog, it can be years.

This challenge is a reality for many of the thousands of veterans who return from war zones each month. And the truth is that an extreme resource deficit exists for our veterans – those who recently served and those who were discharged decades ago.

What makes us unique as a nonprofit is that we look at each veteran as a whole person to address the reasons for their current challenges effectively. By gaining a deeper understanding of the issues faced by veterans, we can work with them step-by-step to foster and maintain the components of a meaningful life.

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