BJ Ganem was a Marine veteran from Wisconsin. He knew the struggle of finding the right service dogs for retired soldiers, so he decided to do something about it. He created Sierra Delta, a training ground for perfect service dogs and matches them with veterans.
Brand new vision
In 2004, BJ was on a mission when he got struck by a bomb. Luckily, he came out with a mild brain injury and several wounds. After, he retired from service.
Once he returned home, BJ thought of all the veterans like him who needed a companion after service. The harsh reality was, not everyone could afford a pricey service dog.
While BJ recovered in the hospital, former President Bush visited him. The veteran told him that he had this idea of an organization for service dogs. President Bush supported the idea and encouraged him to push through with it.
After intensively studying service dogs for veterans, BJ launched Sierra Delta in 2017. Sierra Delta was created specifically to provide companionship and help veterans with their post-service trauma.
Since each person had their own set of needs, the veteran chooses which dog they prefer. Then, BJ and his team trained the dog to become the perfect companion for that person.
One of the organization’s beneficiaries was a veteran named John Matter. John had past experiences dealing with PTSD and paying thousands of dollars for highly-trained service dogs. Sadly, the dog he initially had wasn’t the best fit for his family.
Luckily, John got in touch with BJ and found himself the perfect dog. The organization also helped him learned to communicate and set a daily routine with the service canine.
BJ’s initiative has helped hundreds of veterans across the country. His passion and determination turned out to be a huge success, and he can’t wait to help more people in the future.
Photo Source: Sierra Delta Service Dogs via Facebook