The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) states that more than 6,000 Veterans die by suicide each year, and twice as many First Responders die by suicide than in the line of duty.Post-traumatic stress, injuries, depression, addiction, and isolation plague our Sheep Dogs to the point of thinking about and/or attempting suicide. By gathering together Sheep Dogs who have suffered similar traumas and experiences for an opportunity to continue serving, we strive to prevent suicides in our Veteran and First Responder communities. Joining SDIA in our continued service opportunities – Disaster Response Missions and Outdoor Adventures – satisfies Sheep Dogs’ innate desire to serve, and the camaraderie and peer support they receive fosters healing and is critical to their well-being. When Sheep Dogs Get Off The Couch, their attitude and perspective are drastically improved, and many find a renewed sense of purpose.For Sheep Dogs, “Helping Others is a Way of Life” and “Helping is Healing.”
Outdoor Adventures – Providing challenging activities to help our Sheep Dogs Get Off The Couch™, foster camaraderie, and brings about a renewal of purpose in our Sheep Dogs helping them live their best lives.