Jason SnodgrassChief Operating Officer
As Chief Operating Officer, Jason is the voice and advocate for veterans entering the K9s For Warriors program. He works diligently to implement an effective program that addresses the veteran PTSD and suicide epidemics. 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 countless military heroes achieve their dreams of pursuing a higher education by assisting them with VA Benefits such as Vocational Rehabilitation and the G.I. Bill.
Jason has been instrumental in the partnership with Purdue University, who has conducted the market share of research on the efficacy of Service Dogs and the mitigation of PTSD symptoms. The partnership has yielded 2 published studies, with a third currently in the data collection phase and slated to be published in late 2021.
Among other critical functions, Jason is responsible for overseeing multi-site, national operations under a $15 million annual budget. Jason has established and implemented innovative policies and procedures that have been adopted by Service Dog organizations across the country and have become the industry standard. The corporate ecosystem he has created is portable, incredibly efficient, and is so successful that large parts of the system are being used as a model for other Service Dog organizations engaged in saving the lives of other veterans. At the organization’s core, Jason has created and mentored a team that focuses on saving the lives of the veterans we serve.
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 to Iraq, with the Pathfinder Company, 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 traveler; he and his wife (also an Army veteran) spend much of their time on adventures together. They have an English Bulldog, "Otis"; Jason has had him since he was a puppy. Jason has a daughter who is a college student in Oklahoma. Jason attended the University of Oklahoma before deciding to join the United States Army; he ultimately earned a B.S. in Business Administration, a Six Sigma Green Belt, and a certificate in Servant Leadership from the Robert K. Greenleaf Academy.
- Leadership Jacksonville, Class of 2019 (2018-19)
- Nominee, Veterans of Influence, Jacksonville Business Journal (2017)
- Distinguished Veteran Award, Florida Association of Nonprofits (2016)
- Service to Veterans Award, Keiser University (2009)