About Us

The R22 Mission
Address the staggering crisis of veteran suicide resulting from PTSD, TBI and other resulting physical and emotional trauma through individualized working dogs and the subsequent R22 Alumni community.

With every veteran served, we also give a brand new start to a K9 in need.
R22 continues to build the bond between veteran and K9 through our unique program model.


  • World class K9 and handler training
  • Advanced and lifetime handler supports through the R22 Network
  • Ongoing social and emotional supports through R22 alumni events 
  • Formal apprenticeships at each R22 campus with college agreements*
  • Contractual relationships with Department of Labor and Department of Veteran Affairs*
  • Hero Packages for R22 teams that includes all equipment critical to team success.

At Rescue 22 Foundation, it is our creed that none of our currently serving or veteran sisteren and brotheren should ever stand alone. R22 Until None.

*Denotes a "Coming Soon" Program.

John Park Vets,
Why R22?
The Need of Our Veterans

Meet Our Team

  • Erick Innis
    Co Founder and Head of R22 Florida Campus

    U.S. Army (July 2006-July 2012) 

    Special Operations Army Ranger: K9 Handler   

    Coastline K9 LLC. (July 2015-Present)    

  • John Devine
    Co Founder and Director of the R22 California Campus

    US NAVY (2004-2014) Navy SEAL Team 5 (2007-14)  

    Navy SEAL Multi Purpose Canine Handler (2012-2014)  

    Devine K9s (2015-Current)  

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    Angela Connor
    Co-founder and Director of Operations

    As Board Vice President and CFO, Angela brings over 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector. During the course of her career, she has raised millions of dollars in federal, state and private dollars to support 501 (c) (3) organizations.

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    Willian (Will) Aching Will@rescue22foundation.org
    Lead Trainer and Advisory Board Member

    Will is aveteran of the USMC. He served from 2009 to 2019 as a Marine Special Operations Raider. He is now the owner of Ridgeside Carolinas LLC.

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    Brett Bjelke Northern Nevada Alliance and Network

    Brett is a highschool seniior in Reno, Nevada who is dedicated to assisting veterans in his community. In order to address the crisis of veteran suicude, Brett felt compelled to help R22 raise awareness around service dogs and their importance as a part of a comprehensive treatment plan.

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    Rick Bjelke Northern Nevada Alliance and Network

    Rick has gratiously started our new "alliance" model in the Reno area. The alliance seeks to serve as a hub for veteran referals to the R22 program while connecting them to other supports in the community. Rick is currently working with Northern Nevada stakeholders to address the pressing needs of veterans in the community.

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Every investment you make is sincerely appreciated and will be used in the rescue and training of lifesaving heroes.