STAND FOR THE TROOPS (SFTT) is honoring service dogs with our Service Dog Salute Photo Campaign that celebrates the unique relationship between Veterans and their canine companions. SFTT recognizes the significant role these support animals play and wants to show-and-tell this fact to the world. So, help us by sharing your unique story – submit a candid or portrait photograph of you and your service dog, along with a short description (500 words or less) about WHY this canine relationship has made a difference in your life. We’ll post it right here in our Service Dog Gallery. Submissions will be eligible for a SFTT’s Lucky Dog Award where two teams will receive a year supply of dog food.


  • Submit your story (no more than 500 words, please) and high-resolution digital photo to
  • Include name, address, email and phone number with your submission.
  • For additional info, please contact Maura Kallaway 203-629-0288.
  • The first of the two awards will be announced 9/6 and 9/30, respectively.

By submitting your story (500 words or less) and a photo of your battle buddy, you agree that both items can be posted in their entirety along with any images on SFTT social media streams and

September is National Service Dog Month

The first of the Lucky Dog Awards will be announced at the Frank J. Robotti Golf Classic luncheon in Stamford, CT on September 6th, 2018, as we kick off a month-long celebration of National Service Dog Month.  The second award will be announced at the end of the month, September 30. So, send your story and photo ASAP. [Note: you and your dog do not need to be present at the award presentations to receive your gift.]

 Here’s MAJ Ben Richards, SFTT’s Director of Veteran Affairs, with his pup Bronco.

I’m combat veteran who struggles with the invisible wounds of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). I’ve had my service dog, Bronco, for almost two years. Bronco was professionally trained by Northwest Battle Battles to perform tasks that help me better manage my combat-related disabilities. Wherever I go Bronco is at my side. One of the most valuable things that Bronco does for me is mitigate the way I perceive the environment around me. I don’t feel like everything around me is as threatening when he is with me. At home he helps me better connect with my kids and spouse. I’m grateful to have him in my life.