The Road for America’s Disabled Veterans in North Texas Need Not be Traveled Alone.
Faithful Friend works to train, place and support highly skilled Service Dogs with U.S. Veterans with disabilities.
Our objective is to train and match each Service Dog with the Disabled Veteran they can best serve.
A Gift of Loyalty, Intelligence and Strength
Our Amazing Volunteers at Work
We place our dogs with Foster Trainers who begin the process, taking 3 months to a year. Incarcerated youth participate in training our special canines only if they improve their scholastic grades, reduce their rules violations, and participate in other incarceration facility advancement programs. Our Veteran volunteers evaluate Veterans applying for Service Dogs to understand their specific needs and their level of comfort, experience, and skill with canine handling and care. We ensure Veterans wishing to receive a dog have the financial means, infrastructure and support in place to care for themselves and their new Service Dog.
The Journey Continues and a Long Friendship Begins
The Faithful Friend Service Dog’s training, discipline, unbreakable bond and unconditional love allows Disabled Veterans to find more normalcy and joy in their lives and get back out into the world.
Many U.S. Veterans who served and sacrificed for our country give up hope of ever having a Service Dog. At Faithful Friend our vocation to serve includes answering the call of our Veterans who were injured and are now disabled.
Who is My Neighbor?
The Faithful Friend organization provides assistance to Disabled U.S. Veterans who are in need of Service Dogs. Our supporters, donors and volunteers come from all walks of life. What they all share in common is their willingness to help.
We’re sometimes asked, “Do I have to be a Christian or especially religious to support Faithful Friend?”
Our answer is always, “A good deed done by anyone is still a good deed done.”
We are a Christian organization founded on Biblical principles. A good application of this is found in;
The Gospel According to Luke 10:25-37
Christ’s lesson is in the form of a story, or parable known as “The Good Samaritan.”
In the story, a man traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho is viciously attacked and robbed by thieves who leave him naked and half dead on the side of the road.
By chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw the beaten man he passed by on the other side.
Likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw the beaten man, passed by on the other side.
But a Samaritan (considered lowly and inconsequential during that time), as he journeyed, came to where the beaten man was, and when he saw him, he had compassion.
He went to him and bound up his wounds. The Samaritan goes on to take the beaten man to an inn to further take care of him.
Not only all of this, but the following day the Samaritan leaves money with the inn keeper to take care of the man who was in need and gives directions to do more for the man if needed and that he, the Samaritan, would repay any further expense needed when he would pass by that way again.
Christ teaches us using this parable in response to a well-to-do legal scholar, who asked Jesus about God’s law that requires we love our neighbors just as we love ourselves.
The scholar asked Jesus for clarification on God’s law, asking Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
Jesus responded to the question with this story of the Good Samaritan then asked the scholar, regarding the priest, the Levite and the Samaritin in the story,
“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?”
The scholar asking the question replied, “The one who showed him mercy.”
To which Jesus instructs the scholar, and indeed instructs all of us today, “Go and do likewise.”
Our neighbors aren’t necessarily the folks who live next door, or across the street, or even within our neighborhood. Our neighbors aren’t necessarily people who go to the same church we do, or worship like we do, or have the same kinds of jobs we do, or look like we do, or believe the same things we do.
What Jesus teaches us in this parable, is that through our unconditional love for each other, we are all neighbors – no matter our faith, no matter our race, no matter our circumstances, no matter what.
Our neighbors, the people we should love even as we love ourselves, may be people who are not very much like us at all. But that is the kind of love Jesus Christ demonstrated and said to us to, “Go and do likewise.”
We at Faithful Friend have seen that by mentoring incarcerated youth, as they help train and advance the skills of incredible dogs that go on to make a profound difference in the lives of disabled veterans, we can demonstrate what Jesus was talking about.
“ Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. ”
Watch Vietnam Veteran & U.S. Marshal Paul Richards’ story, and his message about the critical importance of providing service dogs to our disabled U.S. veterans.
Marine Corp Veteran Craig’s Faithful Friend Story
After sustaining nerve damage due to an injury while serving in the United States Marines as a combat medic, Craig met with Faithful Friend and found his perfect companion service dog, Chili.
U.S. Veteran Brandon’s Faithful Friend Story
Watch how Faithful Friend and the example of Christ’s unconditional love played a pivotal role in Brandon’s life, leading to personal triumph and a bright future through hard work, never giving up, and giving back.
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