Warrior PATHH Training Facility at Heroes Ranch


We are making steady progress on the Warrior PATHH Training Facility out at Heroes Ranch at Rush Springs and it is so exciting to see! The Main Lodge is nearly “in the dry” and then the crews will move inside to work.

With material and supply chain disruptions, it is unlikely that we will make our original Grand Opening date of November 11, 2022, but we are working hard to get it done.

Like everyone else, SDIA has been affected by cost increases on fuel, building materials, supplies and just about everything else. As a result our Facility is over budget by 25%. To offset this and anticipated future overages, SDIA is looking for individuals and companies to partner with us by donating supplies, labor, fixtures, etc.


We have created registries with specific items needed for the build, and we invite you to purchase and donate any items of your choosing.

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Happy 12th Birthday to US!

For the past 12 years, Sheep Dog Impact Assistance (SDIA) has been honored and humbled to engage, assist and empower our nation's heroes - our Sheep Dogs.But it is only with your support that have we been able to accomplish our mission.Here's a quick look at what YOU have accomplished during our 12 years through giving your time, money and resources to SDIA for our Veterans and First Responders.

Outdoor Adventures - Nearly 200 adventures like hunting, fishing, skydiving, RZR riding, boating, obstacle course races and much more. More than 2,600 sponsored Sheep Dogs from across the US have benefited from the camaraderie and healing of being with fellow Sheep Dogs. Warrior PATHH 13 Courses completed in Northwest Arkansas/Southwestern Missouri. Nearly 200 Veterans and First Responders have learned practices and tools to make peace with their past, live in the present, and plan for a great future. Continued Service...

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Who is SDIA in 30 Seconds!


Sheep Dog Impact Assistance is a nationally recognized nonprofit that exists to engage, assist, and empower our nation's veterans and first responders to #GetOffTheCouch and re-engage in living active, meaningful, and productive lives.

We achieve this through Outdoor Adventures which physically ENGAGE our nation's heroes, the Warrior PATHH program which ASSISTS in transforming their struggles into strength, and Service opportunities that EMPOWER them to continue giving back.

To find out more, go to www.sheepdogia.org. ...

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Carry The Load – Join the SDIA Team!

For our 6th year, Sheep Dog Impact Assistance (SDIA) has been selected as a Non-Profit Partner by Carry The Load. This is a tremendous honor and opportunity for our organization. Through this partnership, we can tell our story and what we do to a wider audience than ever before, while honoring the true meaning of Memorial Day and symbolically “Carry The Load” of those we’ve lost. 100% of funds raised/donated through the Sheep Dog Impact Assistance Company Team go directly to fund SDIA programs.

There are many ways to get involved, and you don’t have to attend a Carry The Load event to participate with us. Whether at your home or elsewhere, you can “Carry It Anywhere” and still help raise awareness and funds for this event!

How to Get Started

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This will take you to the Sheep Dog Impact Assistance Company Team page on the Carry...

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SDIA Celebrates One Year Anniversary of Warrior PATHH Training in NWA!

It is hard to believe that it has been a year since Sheep Dog Impact Assistance (SDIA) began conducting Warrior PATHH (WP) training courses in Northwest Arkansas. Our first course launched in March of 2021, and it has been an incredible journey filled with excitement, unexpected challenges, multiple locations, some hard lessons, and much healing.

Over these past twelve months, we conducted ten Warrior PATHH courses and facilitated the Posttraumatic Growth (PTG) of 73 Sheep Dogs. They have transformed their struggles into strength by making peace with their past, learning to live in the present, and have started making plans for a great future.

We haven’t done this alone. It has been made possible, not only by the hard work of staff, but by our supporters, donors and the members of the Sheep Dog Teams and Chapters who have acted as keepers of their Sheep Dog brothers and sisters.

Please join SDIA as we celebrate this incredible accomplishment during...

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SDIA & GC Partner for Humanitarian DRM

All of us at Sheep Dog Impact Assistance (SDIA) are troubled by the atrocities taking place in the Ukraine, and our hearts go out to all the people that are unable to leave the territory.

In an effort to do what we can to assist, SDIA has partnered with Gladiator Contracting for a humanitarian disaster response mission (DRM) to Ukraine. SDIA members working with Gladiator will depart for Poland/Western Ukraine this Friday, March 18, to extract specific, pre-identified American and Ukrainian citizens, getting them out of harm’s way and to safe locations outside of the country.

Following this initial mission, the team will establish a humanitarian “safe zone” for supplies, refugees, and volunteer staff as the war in Ukraine continues. SDIA is immediately supporting this effort with donations of survival gear, DRM equipment and other needs.

This mission will be very cost intensive, and we encourage anyone interested in supporting these humanitarian efforts to donate financially via the SDIA website,...

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Sheep Dogs Experience Camaraderie While Snowmobiling in Yellowstone

Last weekend, 57 Sheep Dogs returned home after spending five days with Sheep Dog Impact Assistance (SDIA) in the picturesque wonderland of Yellowstone. The group traveled from all over the United States to experience camaraderie, snowmobiling and other activities while visiting West Yellowstone, Yellowstone National Park and Yellowstone National Forest.

While the Yellowstone trip has been an annual SDIA Outdoor Adventure (OA) since 2019, this was the first OA for many of the sponsored Sheep Dogs. Though excited for the adventure, some felt nervousness and anxiety, too.

“Most first-time participants are eager to do something they’ve not done before, but there's usually a bit of anxiety, too, because they typically don’t know much about SDIA yet and don’t know what to expect on the OA,” said SgtMaj Lance Nutt, SDIA’s founder and CEO. “After the first 24 hours, though, they know that they’re with fellow Sheep Dogs who are dealing with many of the same issues and challenges, and...

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2-22-22 Donate Today to Fight Veteran & First Responder Suicide

Can our nation’s heroes, our “Sheep Dogs” – Veterans, Law Enforcement, Fire & Rescue, and Emergency Medical Service professionals – count on YOU?

Today, on 2-22-22, we can’t help but reflect on the significance of the number 22.

22 is widely recognized as the average number of Veterans that die by suicide each day in the United States. Add to that First Responder suicides (twice as many as those that die in the line of duty) and our nation has an epidemic that Sheep Dog Impact Assistance (SDIA) is working to eliminate. And we need your continued support to make this a reality.$0.88¢ of each dollar donated directly funds SDIA’s Outdoor Adventures, Warrior PATHH training, and Continued Service/Disaster Response programs. That means your donation will directly provide a struggling Sheep Dog with opportunities to Get Off The Couch™, reengage in living their best life, and reduce suicidal ideation & attempts.In 2021 alone, SDIA directly impacted the lives of nearly 1,000...

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Helping Others is Truly a Way of Life for SDIA!

Happy New Year, Sheep Dog Nation!Over the past few months, Sheep Dog Impact Assistance (SDIA) has been extremely busy with outdoor adventures, Warrior PATHH courses, staffing changes, disaster response missions, our Celebration & Turkey Trot for Heroes 5K, the holidays, and so much more. We are most excited about breaking ground on our dedicated Warrior PATHH Training Facility at Heroes Ranch at Rush Springs!We have much to share...read on for the latest, and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram!

As you are probably aware, last year SDIA purchased 50 acres of property just over the Arkansas border in Pineville, Missouri. This property - named Heroes Ranch at Rush Springs - was immediately put to use for our Outdoor Adventures as well as the Warrior PATHH training program.Heroes Ranch at Rush Springs has two existing Lodges (LCpl Anthony Darbonne Lodge & Senior Chief Joseph Paul Engleman Lodge) and Heroes Ranch Stables. The Darbonne Lodge is mainly used by Outdoor...

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Merry Christmas & Happy 2022!

All of us at Sheep Dog Impact Assistance (SDIA) are so very grateful for your support of Sheep Dog Impact Assistance (SDIA) and the brave men and women that we serve. Our Outdoor Adventures, Warrior PATHH training, and Disaster Response Mission/Continued Service programs - and the positive life-change they inspire - would not be possible without YOU. THANK YOU for believing in SDIA and our mission to engage, assist and empower our nation's Sheep Dogs (Veterans and First Responders). A lot has happened for us in 2021, and SDIA's future looks very bright thanks to you.

Outdoor Adventures: nearly 300 Sheep Dogs participated in 21 adventures.Warrior PATHH: As a proud member of the Gary Sinise Foundation Avalon Network, SDIA has facilitated 8 courses teaching more than 110 Sheep Dogs how to make peace with their past, live in the present & plan for a great future through posttraumatic growth (PTG).Continued Service opportunities (disaster response missions & community-level projects) provided...

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