Vet-founded Companions for Heroes has saved 3,300+ from suicide with shelter animal program
American Military News
LAURA WIDENER AND MELISSA LEON
May 20, 2019
"I got pissed at God,” Sharpe told American Military News of his friend’s suicide.
Jason Sturm and "Sassy" paired by Companions For Heroes. (Companions for Heroes/Facebook)Veteran suicide is no stranger to David Sharpe, an Air Force veteran and founder of Companions for Heroes, a nonprofit that helps American heroes by providing them a trained service animal rescued from a shelter, free of charge.
Losing his own two close friends to suicide and nearly taking his own life set him on a mission to reach struggling veterans like himself nearly 10 years ago.
Sharpe was struggling with the death of his friends and incidents during his Middle East deployments with the U.S. Air Force Security Forces, which included coming face to face with a Taliban sympathizer’s weapon.
“I got a 45 pistol, charged it and put the barrel in my mouth, as I’m squeezing the trigger, my rescue Pit bull walked through the door,” he explained.
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