Red Cross Hero Award

Next Step Service Dogs founder, Sally Montrucchio, is honored by the American Red Cross as one of San Diego’s Real Heroes.

An estimated 600,000 veterans are dealing with the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PSTD) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). With a veteran suicide rate averaging 22 every day, the work to support

Lions Club helps support veterans program

The Del Sol Lions worked with the County to get a $40,000 grant to support the Dog Training Academy for Veterans at Next Step Service Dogs, aka NSSD. The nonprofit NSSD provides service dogs for veterans and first responders with PTSD or Traumatic Brain Injuries and offers a path to employment. Two members of the

Sports Becoming Popular Therapy for Vets (U-T San Diego September 2014

“This guy,” said Travis Schneider, pointing toward the big brown eyes of his service dog, Gibbs, a white Labrador retriever.

And sports.

These two things have made Schneider’s life tolerable since he left the Navy in 2012. The former gunner’s mate lives with severe post-traumatic stress disorder and a mild brain injury after nine months in Iraq