About Us

The Bodhi Battalion

The 7th annual Pat Hermanson Golf4Vets Charity tournament is the primary fundraiser of the Bodhi Battalion. 

The Bodhi Battalion was established in 2015 to support veterans struggling with mental/behavioral health issues, addiction, lack of positive support systems, and community engagement.  The primary focus of this fundraising event is the PTSD Redefined program.  Our “Providing Treatment Through Service Dogs (PTSD)” program utilizes evidence-based therapeutic practices and mindfulness-based concepts with dog training to address symptoms related to post-traumatic stress, mental health conditions, isolation, low motivation, and other challenges unique to veterans. 

The program is structured to connect veterans with puppies and dogs in our service training program to enhance and promote healing and wellness. Veterans in the program receive one-on-one, and group instruction focused on helping them become more aware of physical and mental health symptoms and address social anxiety and isolation. 

The program educates veterans on how we train service dogs to respond to specific symptoms, how to utilize a service dog in public areas, field questions, and problem-solve.  If they qualify for a service dog, they learn to be confident, responsible handlers to foster a long-term partnership and independence.  If a participant does not have mental health services, we can also provide those services. 

We can employ veterans who want to work more intensively in the program, and we are finalizing details for our training scholarship that will open in June.

Our beloved leader and friend, Pat established the very first golf4vets charity tournament in 2016.

A model of generosity, courage and strength we are honored to carry on those values in his name. We take with us his spirit of service and altruism as we continue our service to veterans.

the very first golf4vets

Veteran’s quality of life is #1

Veteran’s quality of life is #1

What makes the Bodhi Battalion unique as a nonprofit is that we look at each veteran as a whole person to effectively address the reasons for his or her current challenges. By gaining a deeper understanding of the issues our veterans face, we can work together step-by-step to foster and maintain the components of a meaningful life.

Canine Involvement

The Bodhi Battalion believes that canine involvement can provide the essential bridge to treatment that is so vital. In 2019 the Bodhi Battalion developed the P.T.S.D REDEFINED program, Providing Treatment (through) Service Dogs.

This program allows veterans to interact and help prepare young service dogs in training for veteran matching and service placement. Our program utilizes critical cognitive and mindfulness-based techniques to create a parallel learning process that generates the most beneficial and welcoming environment for restorative therapeutic progress. Many organizations offer service dogs, many offer therapy, but the Bodhi Battalion utilizes both to create a deeper, more enduring model of healing.

Canine Involvement

The Event will be held at:

Legacy Ridge Golf Course
10801 Legacy Ridge Parkway
Westminster CO 80031

Friday August 25, 2023