Timothy Phillips, a disabled Navy veteran, started the non-profit organization Timothy’s Helping Heroes he could give back to those who serve. Timothy’s Helping Heroes focuses on giving back to military and first responder personnel struggling with both mental and physical disabilities by subsidizing the cost of training both emotional support and service dogs.
Timothy had his own service dog, Buddy, to help when he was overwhelmed by his post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anxiety. Buddy was trained to sense stress and anxiety in Timothy, upon which Buddy went to Timothy’s side and comfort him, letting him know he is not alone. Through petting and hugging Buddy, Timothy would focus his mind elsewhere deescalating his stress.
This feeling of companionship and support Timothy received from Buddy began his drive to help his fellow military and first responders in similar situations. This drive became Timothy’s Helping Heroes. Never forget those who serve.
RIP Buddy, you are a good dog running free through green fields now. (Rescued August 2017 – November 2019)