Founded in 2010, Sheep Dog Impact Assistance (SDIA) is a national non-profit organization that exists to engage, assist and empower the men & women who make up our nation’s military, law enforcement, fire & rescue, and EMS professions – society’s protectors, our “Sheep Dogs.” We provide continued service opportunities and outdoor adventures which offer physical challenges and the camaraderie that is often missing after a shift or tour of duty ends. For Sheep Dogs, “Helping Others is a Way of Life.” Our headquarters is in Rogers, Arkansas, and we currently have 20+ chapters and teams in 15+ states, and more than 5,000 members, volunteers and supporters nationwide.

Here is how the sheep and the Sheep Dog think differently. The sheep pretend the wolf will never come, but the Sheep Dog lives for that day. After the attacks on September 11, 2001, most of the sheep, that is, most citizens in America said, “Thank God I wasn’t on one of those planes.” The Sheep Dogs, the warriors, said, “Dear God, I wish I could have been on one of those planes. Maybe I could have made a difference.” When you are truly transformed into a warrior and have truly invested yourself into warriorhood, you want to be there. You want to be able to make a difference.

Lt. Col. Dave Grossman (US Army)
Author of On Combat

What We Do

SDIA offers our members and fellow Sheep Dogs continued service opportunities to satisfy their innate desire to serve and help those around them through three programs: Disaster Response Missions, Outdoor Adventures, and Holiday Assistance. Giving back to others leaves Sheep Dogs with a deeply gratified feeling, and working alongside peers who have been through similar experiences promotes camaraderie and a renewed sense of purpose. Helping is Healing.

Primary Missions

  1. Disaster Response Missions – This is what SDIA was founded on, and continues to be our primary continued service opportunity.
  2. Outdoor Adventures – Providing challenging activities promotes camaraderie and restores self-confidence in our Sheep Dogs.
  3. Holiday Assistance – Our Thanksgiving and Christmas Outreach programs provide meals and/or gifts to Sheep Dog families in need.