Founded in 2010, Sheep Dog Impact Assistance (SDIA) is a national non-profit organization founded and headquartered in Rogers, Arkansas. SDIA exists to engage, assist and empower our nation’s “Sheep Dogs” (military veterans, law enforcement, fire & rescue, and EMS personnel) to #GetOffTheCouch and reengage in living a meaningful and productive life with a renewed sense of purpose.
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.”
SDIA has Teams & Chapters across the United States, and more than 50,000 members, volunteers and supporters worldwide.
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
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 #GetOffTheCouch, 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.”
- Disaster Response Missions – This is what SDIA was founded on, and continues to be our primary continued service opportunity.
- Outdoor Adventures – Providing challenging activities promotes camaraderie and restores self-confidence in our Sheep Dogs.