Jason SnodgrassChief Operating Officer
As COO, Jason is the voice and advocate for veterans entering the K9s program. He works diligently to implement an effective program that addresses the veteran PTSD and suicide epidemics. Jason is the backbone of the Warrior Operations team. Before his tenure at K9s For Warriors, Jason worked in proprietary education as a Director of Financial Aid in addition to other important positions. He served veterans in these roles; helping many military heroes achieve their dreams of receiving a higher education by assisting them with VA Benefits such as Vocational Rehabilitation and the G.I. Bill.
Jason has a deep working relationship with the research faculty at Purdue University, who has conducted the market share of research on the efficacy of service dogs and the mitigation of PTSD symptoms. Learn more here.
As COO, Jason is responsible for the facility and technology maintenance of the organization among other critical functions. Jason has created and mentored a team that focuses on saving the lives of the veterans we serve. He has developed a complete corporate ecosystem that is portable and is incredibly efficient and is so successful that large parts of the system are being used by other service dog organizations to save the lives of other veterans.
Jason entered the active duty Army in the summer of 1997. He completed training as an Infantryman at Ft. Benning, GA, before receiving orders to Ft. Campbell, KY. He was initially assigned to the 3/502 INF Regiment before being selected to the historic 101st Pathfinder Company. Jason deployed, with the Pathfinder Company, to Iraq as a team leader on a personnel recovery team in 2003 and was injured during that deployment. His injuries ultimately led to medical retirement in 2006.
Jason is an avid motorcyclist and traveler, he and his wife (also an Army veteran) spend much of their time on adventures together. Jason has an English Bulldog, "Otis" who is eight years old; he has had him since he was a puppy. Jason attended the University of Oklahoma before deciding to join the United States Army; he ultimately earned a B.S. in Business Administration.
- Nominee, Veterans of Influence, Jacksonville Business Journal (2017)
- Distinguished Veteran Award, Florida Association of Nonprofits (2016)
- Service to Veterans Award, Keiser University (2009)