Six more Veterans and their service dogs completed their training and met all graduation requirements at Soldier’s Best Friend. Graduation ceremonies were held at the Soldier’s Best Friend facility at 14505 N. 75th Avenue in Peoria on Wednesday November 9th.

Veteran graduates and their service dogs are:

Brittni Hollingsworth       Murf
Robert “Tiny” Hogan       Mabel
Robert Olson                  Winter
Spencer Vance               Ali
Matthew Pelc                 Lily
Montel Martin                Apache

Soldier’s Best Friend provides U.S. military veterans living with combat-related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) with Service or Therapeutic Companion Dogs. Most of their dogs are rescued from local shelters—hence their tagline “touching two lives at once.”. The veteran and dog train together to build a trusting relationship that often saves both from serious consequences and inspires countless others.

To learn more about Soldier’s Best Friend or to donate to their program, please visit their website at