Meet some special veterans and their very special canine partners who came together as a result of Operation Freedom Paws, a local nonprofit group based in San Jose. Operation Freedom Paws was founded in 2010 by Mary Cortani, a former Vietnam vet and Certified Army Master of Canine Education, who saw both a need for service dogs to help returning vets began to heal from PTSD and other mental and physical issues and a need to rescue dogs from local shelters who had the right temperament to become effective canine partners. Operation Freedom Paws empowers veterans to live a quality life by teaching them to train their own dogs and certifying them as service dog teams. The program is free, wholly funded by grants and donations, all they ask is a commitment to complete the 48-week training program. Come hear their stories and understand their motto “four paws, two feet, one team”.