With MK9’s service dogs, veterans are “no longer invisible”


Her grandfather, father, and husband served in the U.S. military. Now, she’s building an army of her own.

Michele Khol is the Director of Operations for MK9 Service Dogs, an organization that trains its dogs in an eight-phase process. “It really just incorporates the veterans to be able to move back into their families, into their communities, and just live a fuller, richer, life,” said Khol.

While it was only founded in 2018, Khol brings a hefty resume to the table. Over the course of 17 years, Khol has placed 25 dogs into veterans’ homes. 

All of MK9’s service dogs are named after fallen soldiers. Puppy-in-training, Legend, is named after U.S. Navy Seal and sniper Chris Kyle, who served four tours in Afghanistan and died in 2013. After a year and a half of additional training, he’ll be placed with a veteran who needs help reaching things after a back injury. He will also assist the veteran with his PTSD and anxiety. 

Legend also has his own Instagram, @loyal_legend1. 

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