Who are we?

The SD Gunner Fund was created to assist veterans, exceptional children, and first responders with the financial expense of owning much needed service and therapy animals.

SD Gunner Fund— who are we?

Founded in 2015, SD Gunner Fund proudly serves veterans, exceptional children, first responders, and their families in the Southeast region of the United States. SD Gunner Fund is the recipient of several prestigious awards for their work in the community including the Lincoln Caregiver Award (2015), the Georgia Senate Resolution 475, the Jefferson Award (2017), AKC Award for Canine Excellence (2017), Best Fundraising Event (2020), among several others. Founder, Britnee Kinard also received the Fair Housing Act Certification in 2017.

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Britnee Kinard, founder and President of SD Gunner Fund graduated from MTSU in 2005 with a degree in recording industry business and entertainment law. Britnee left her high profile career in business, to become a full-time caregiver to her husband, Hamilton Kinard, after he suffered life-altering injuries while serving our country in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
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As a military veteran, serving our country for over 20 years in the US Army and National Guard, Hamilton Kinard received life-altering injuries after his unit took a direct hit from an IED in 2005. Diagnosed with Traumatic Brain Injury among 43 other injuries, Hamilton was medically and honorably discharged in 2010 and became recipient to several awards and honors including the Purple Heart and Global War on Terrorism medal. SGT Kinard is married to Britnee Kinard and together they have two sons, Blayne & Maks.
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Gunner joined the Kinard family in June 2013 as a Service Dog In Training. In March of 2014, Gunner finished his training and earned his SD credentials. SD Gunner serves as a mobility service animal for Hamilton Kinard.

Meet Our Advisory Board

Jess Belfry
Jess Belfry, Head Chair
Teresa Cowart
Teresa Cowart
Jeff Logan
Jeff Logan
Heather Brock
Heather Brock