Bringing military veterans and rescue dogs together – to rescue each other. That’s the mission of an organization called K9s on the Front Line Missouri. Jason Howe says his Jefferson City organization has helped about 150 veterans from all over the state since 2018. The roughly 24-week training program pairs veterans with dogs who will help them with their combat-related disabilities, such as post-traumatic stress disorder or panic attacks.

Howe, a U.S. Navy veteran, launched the Missouri organization after going through the program in another state with his beloved rescue dog, Sobee, by his side.