ATLANTA - Healing 4 Heroes founder, Piper Hill, spoke at the Sept.14 meeting of the North Fulton Retired Educators Association (NFREA).
Hill spoke about difficulties she experienced with posttraumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury after returning from several tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. With the help of her dog, she was able to overcome and/or deal with these difficulties.
Hill founded Healing 4 Heroes, a non-profit organization, to train rescue dogs to work as service dogs to help veterans heal and lead more productive lives. Healing 4 Heroes connects unwanted dogs with physically and/or mentally wounded military veterans to provide a way for both to help each other enjoy happy and healthy lives together.
Along with her dog Remi, Hill demonstrated how Remi is trained to wake a veteran up from a nightmare, get items the veteran needs and provide comfort and security to the soldier when he or she is in public.