Helping first responders and veterans heal, four paws at a time
Firefighters With PTSD is dedicated to bridging the gap in relation to mental wellness resources and access for first responders & veterans with PTSD. We focus on advocacy, public awareness and creating access to service and emotional support dogs through our programs and partners.
We proudly serve all first responders and veterans with honor, dignity, and understanding.
Firefighters With PTSD was founded by Matt Doughty in 2016 when he wanted to help first responders, like himself, bridge the gap in relation to access and resources for these brave men and women suffering from PTSD. Firefighters With PTSD was filed as a 501(c)3 non profit organization in October of 2018 and the process was approved and finalized in June 2019.
It started with a book. Our founder, Matt Doughty, wrote a book called A Revelation where he writes about his own life experiences. When writing this book he was trying to decide how he could move that drive and passion to the next level. Matt does a lot of public speaking to youth and thought about starting a non-profit for youth in foster care. He did some research and quickly found that there were already a million charities out there doing great things for these kids. As a “firefighter with PTSD” it occurred to Matt that this was the cause, the cause that had a large need and was not flooded with other organizations help. Alot of research and planning went into forming Firefighters With PTSD. We found what these men and women were in need of and put a road map together to help provide it.
Firefighters with PTSD is focused on changing the lives of first responders and veterans with PTSD. We do this through training service dogs, advocacy and raising awareness to the issues facing many of the men and women in these positions.
· Service Dogs. We raise and train service, therapy and emotional support dogs for first responders and veterans with PTSD. Through our coaching division, Across All Lines, first responders and veterans get to train their dogs, hands on through the whole process of becoming a service dog. This gives them extra confidence and a stronger bond with their dog for years to come.
· Advocacy. We advocate for better mental wellness training, benefits and treatments for first responders and veterans in all 50 states. We hold meetings and present to legislature at State Capitols in regards to this several times a year.
· Awareness. Raising awareness of PTSD in our first responders and veterans. We do this through social media, events and bringing our dogs out into the community to train while being approachable. This is a great opportunity to not only train and polish our dogs skills but to educate the public, answer questions and show how service dogs can impact the lives of first responders and veterans.
We are not privately funded by a company or government, we survive solely on donations from people like you.
If you’re thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend/loved one, or would like emotional support, these resources are confidential and available 24/7 across the United States.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
CALL 1-800-273-8255 | CHAT https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/
Crisis Text Line
TEXT Text HOME to 741741
Veterans Crisis Line
CALL 1-800-273-8255 (press 1) | TEXT Text to 838255 | CHAT https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/get-help/chat
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goal to improve conditions for first responders and veterans with PTSD.
Donating in memory of a fallen first responder/veteran?
Please add your loved ones name in the comment section during the donation process. We would love to know who you are honoring!
Mailing a donation? Send to:
Firefighters With PTSD
PO Box 561
Rogers, MN 55374-0561