About us

Non-profit service dog training program

Company 2 Heroes (C2H) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit service dog training program that works with Veterans to train their own dog or rescue. There is no charge for our program, it is our duty, honor and privilege to give back to those who have given so much.


Dog Teams in Training

We currently have over 35 teams in training, and have had 12 teams certified to date.


Years of Experience

Our five volunteer dog trainers have over 70 combined years of experience!


what to expect



Submit application and required forms, Physician Health Reference Form and Veterinarian Reference Form.

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Once accepted into the next available training class, attend the weekly Thursday training sessions.

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Upon graduation and certification as a service dog team, agree to bi-annual recertification.

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To improve veterans' health and assist them in regaining their independence through the partnership of a trained service dog to help assist and manage the symptoms of post-trauma life, giving them a second chance at better health and happiness. Help our heroes by serving veterans of all wars, who have been diagnosed by the Veteran's Administration (VA) with Post Traumatic Stress (PTS), Military Sexual Trauma (MST) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) through the assistance and guidance of a Veteran Service Dog Training Program.


To become a model Service Dog Training Program which exclusively meets the overwhelming psychological needs of veterans who have returned from military conflicts. Document and showcase the effectiveness of such service dog programs in instilling confidence, regaining perspective and healing the invisible psychological wounds of conflict.


Seek out eligible veterans in need of psychological healing and support through a service dog program. Ensure our Veterans receive the highest quality training and support we can offer by providing qualified volunteer trainers and a training regimen in obedience, public access and task/work that the dog will perform in order to meet the individual needs of the veteran.


our founder's story

Kate Van Auken serves as the Executive Director. She founded Company 2 Heroes after finally retiring from the U.S. Army with more than 28 years of service. Having served on multiple combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, she realized the immediate benefits of service dogs to veterans struggling with injuries seen and unseen.


Our Volunteers

Volunteer Trainers

Front Row: Kate Van Auken-Director, and Scott Bacheler - Trainer
Back Row: Jenny Stieglitz-Trainer, Diane Kurkjian-Lead Trainer and Joanne Ragucci - Volunteer