David Sharpe served in the U.S. Air Force Security Forces where he endured several incidents that, at the time, didn’t affect his personal relationships with his family, friends, and colleagues (or so he thought). However, a short time after his first deployment during November 2001 where a life-threatening situation occurred (one-one confrontation with a Taliban sympathizer pointing his weapon in Sharpe’s face during Entry Control Point Checks), he began to act violently towards his family, friends and himself.
Cheyenne witnessed many of Sharpe’s outbursts (hyper-arousal) shortly after he adopted her from an independent pit bull rescue organization. While Sharpe was in the act, he noticed this little pit bull puppy wagging her tail looking up at him with those playful puppy-dog eyes while turning her head from left to right, knowing that something was wrong with him. Sharpe found himself fixated on this new little puppy that had come into his life during his violent outburst and froze, picked her up and told Cheyenne (while crying) everything he was suffering within his head. Then Sharpe hit rock bottom, twice, he placed a loaded pistol in his mouth, wishing to end his perceived pains, and twice, the sad eyes and soft touch of his rescue dog Cheyenne prompted him to remove the pistol and consider living. Immediately, Sharpe felt so relieved; like a 10,000-pound weight had been lifted off his chest. Soon after, Sharpe’s family and friends noticed a significant change in his behavior – a reduced number of outbursts, better attitude, and deciding not to commit suicide – all because of this little pit bull puppy. Sharpe was later diagnosed by the Department of Veterans' Affairs eight years after these incidents with having Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and depression.
So, in July 2009, Sharpe (with his Faith in God) set out on a mission to share his personal struggles and success stories with fellow military veterans, active duty military, law enforcement, first responders, the families survived, and trauma nurses and doctors suffering from PTSD or similar symptoms. Sharpe’s hope is that Companions for Heroes (C4H) will aid them in their recovery while at the same time saving our nation’s shelter and rescue animals.
Today, C4H has aided and saved over 4,000 Heroes and dogs since its inception.
Sharpe resides with his son, Dax and his daughter, Mabel.