CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Two lucky veterans in the Charlotte area may soon become handlers of their own service animals, thanks to SynergyLabs.

The company has partnered with Highland Canine Connect, a nonprofit in Iredell County, to fund the training of the service dogs for veterans in need.

For Highland's founder Erin Purgason, being able to help those who have served our country, by finding them a loving companion, is the least they can do.

“We can get these people or awesome companies like Synergy to donate,” Purgason says.  “And then it takes so much pressure off of families or individuals with disabilities, whether it be for veterans, or autistic children, or somebody with a wheelchair.”

Purgason says it costs about $15,000 to train each dog. All expenses for Koda, and the other service dog, Alvin, have been paid for by SynergyLabs.

If you would like to apply for a veteran to receive one of these dogs, click here.