This podcast is for anyone interested in Veteran-centric topics. Veterans have dedicated their lives to serving our country, so now it is our turn to serve them as they transition back into their civilian lives. One thing that has been discovered is that there is a lack of knowledge on the availability of resources and how to properly navigate the system upon exiting military service. This podcast's purpose is to help fill this gap of knowledge and guide veterans to the resources and information that they so deserve.

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Veteran Doctor - Episode 27 - Leashes of Valor

Mission Statement.

Leashes of Valor is a national non-profit working to provide every post 9/11 veteran who needs one with a highly-trained service dog to assist them in mitigating the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Our mission is to bring service dogs and post 9/11 veterans together in order to enrich and improve the lives of both.


What We Do.

We provide task trained service dogs that are public access ready to veterans dealing with PTSD, TBI or MST at no cost to the veteran. We also provide an Emergency care grant called Dust Off for working dogs.


How We Do it. 

We rescue dogs and train them at our facility to become Service dogs. Through the application and interview process we derive the necessary tasks to train for a specific dog to mitigate the veteran’s symptoms and assist in their daily life. The 16 day residential program at the ranch is designed to train the veteran on the use of their service dog, conduct tasks for public access and to instill the foundation of their bond. The dog has received all public access and task training prior to the veterans arrival and pairing, so the two-week program is solely for the veteran to focus on their training. The success of this training methodology is based on the peer to peer aspect, in which the veteran is immersed in a small unit of veterans that have been through or are simultaneously going through the training. This is all made possible by generous contributions from our donors, to ensure no veteran has to incur costs in order to receive their service dog.


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Dr. John E. Heintzelman

The Veteran Doctor Podcast seeks to research and discuss current Veteran centric topics that analyze current cultural, political, and legal issues by carefully defining terms, making the best arguments for each side, and landing wherever the facts demand.

Dr. John Heintzelman, host of the podcast, is a Las Vegas based Retired Combat Airborne Infantry Veteran, Technical Writer/Graphic Illustrator, Sports and Performance Psychologist, Research Psychologist, and a published author. With a passion for thoughtful research and free speech, John draws on his real world experience to discern the modern veteran issues that challenge today's culture and propose potential and realistic solutions and compromises to these issues. He welcomes suggestions and criticism and can be reached through the contact form.



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Veteran Resources & Transition Guide

Research, Knowledge, and Resources for your Transition into Civilian Life and Beyond! The current problem in our society demonstrates that many veterans, when they transition out of the military, do not have the knowledge, training, or resources to reintegrate back into civilian society properly in their efforts to survive. They do not know where to go, what to do, and do not even have a plan to survive in the civilian world. This guide is intended to educate, provide evidence and research, and provide knowledge and resources to veterans in the effort to gain a better understanding of the dynamics of veteran issues and help veterans understand and survive their transitional experience after military separation. The purpose of the Veteran Reintegration Guide is to provide ONE-STOP and QUICK REFERENCEsource of RESEARCH, KNOWLEDGE, and RESOURCES for veterans to easily reference in the effort to help educate veterans on the issues and process of transitioning out of the military, what to do once they get out, develop a plan, and provide resources to help make life a little easier during and after that experience. Additional information has been added for SURVIVORS BENEFITS for surviving widows and a MILITARY 101 class to help educate the civilian workforce on military culture and lifestyle. An additional intent of this guide is to make it a LIVING DOCUMENT by taking input from readers and providers on information and resources, providing FREE ANNUAL UPDATES to veterans on the ever-changing and developing process of transitioning and resources. This guide will provide a resource of knowledge to veterans helping guide them through their journey of transition.


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