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 volunteer-run headquarters is in Rogers, Arkansas. We currently have 23 chapters and teams in 17 states and more than 5,000 members, volunteers and supporters nationwide.

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. Because of their selfless service, provide assistance to military, law enforcement, fire & rescue, and other emergency personnel and their families in times of hardship.
  2. Provide assistance to our communities and neighbors in times of natural or human-inflicted disasters.

Just as important as its aim, is what SDIA aims not to be.

SDIA is not large and bureaucratic; our efficiency is in our small, local chapters with the ability to adjust plans as need requires.

SDIA is not long-term assistance; we are structured to move in, provide an injection of lifeblood (“impact assistance”), and move out to make way for stabilizing programs.

SDIA is not all-encompassing; we are not always first on the scene or involved in every situation, but rather we strive to make the greatest impact possible with the resources at hand.

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