We are proud to provide links to a wide variety of resources available to Veterans and their families. Please check back as this list continues to grow.
The Department of Veterans Affairs defines what benefits are covered for service dogs.
- America’s Vet Dogs – The Veterans’ K-9 Corps
- Buy Veteran – Support the 3 million American businesses owned by military veterans
- Dogs on Deployment – Dogs On Deployment provides a database for service members to search for individuals or families who are willing to welcome a dog into their home for the length of their owner’s deployment
- Minneapolis VA Health Care System – Locations, resources and facilities for veterans and their families in Minnesota and an excellent PTSD/TBI program.
- Beyond The Yellow Ribbon South of the River Program Beyond the Yellow Ribbon – South of the River is a community effort to honor, serve and support all military families, both past and present.
- National Veterans Foundation – Crisis management, information, and referral needs for all U.S. Veterans and their families. Live help online or by telephone. Outreach services that provide veterans and families in need with clothing, food, employment, transportation, and other essential resources.
- National Center for PTSD – The center of excellence for research and education on the prevention, understanding, and treatment of PTSD
- Code of federal Regulations – DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. PART 36 – NONDISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF DISABILITY BY PUBLIC ACCOMMODATIONS AND IN COMMERCIAL FACILITIES.
- Sleep problems and PTSD – What are the major reasons why people with PTSD have problems with sleep?
- Minnesota County Veteran Service Offices – Check out this interactive map to locate the CVSO office in your county.
The Americans with Disabilities Act – Service animals are animals that are individually trained to perform tasks for people with disabilities
Animal Legal & Historical Center – Detailed Discussion of Assistance Animal Laws
Understanding PTSD Treatment – This booklet describes therapies and medications that are proven to help people with PTSD
Why Dogs Heal PTSD – Tracy Stecker, Ph.D. Psychology Today – How war vets and the rest of us heal from trauma
Animal Assisted Therapy – The Army Medical Department Journal – The human animal bond in relation to human health and wellness
Relationships and PTSD Relations with others are very important for trauma survivors. Social support is one of the best things to protect against getting PTSD.
Dogs chase nightmares of war away Like guide dogs for the blind, psychiatric service dogs aid people with mental illnesses, from anxiety disorder to bipolar disorder to PTSD.
Treating Veterans using Animal-Assisted Therapy by Stephanie Renson, Winona State University Fall 2010
Treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Military and Veteran Populations: The Departments of Defense (DoD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) anticipate that increasing numbers of returning veterans will need PTSD services
The Use of psychiatric Service Dogs in the Treatment of Veterans with PTSD by PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Craig Love, Ph.D. 2009
The Role of Service Animals in Recovery by Kim Puchir, NAMI Communications Coordinator
Dogs enlisted to aid veterans with PTSD harder to come by? by John S. Adams, USA TODAY 2012
THE AMERICAN LEGION August 2012 Resolution No. 127: Service Dogs for Injured Service Personnel and Veterans with Mental Health Conditions
THE AMERICAN LEGION May 2012 Resolution No. 25: TBI and PTSD Ad Hoc Committee to investigate the existing science and procedures and alternative methods for treating TBI and PTSD not currently being employed by the Department of Defense (DoD) or Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
THE AMERICAN LEGION 2010 Guide to Post Traumatic Stress National Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Division What is it? Who gets it? What help is available?
THE AMERICAN LEGION October 2008 title 38 Code of Federal Regulations Interim final rule eliminates the need to develop evidence of occurrence of an in-service stressor in claims in which the veteran’s post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is diagnosed during service.
American Legion Post locator tool: Find a post near you
The Department of Justice published revised final regulations implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for title II (State and local government services) and title III (public accommodations and commercial facilities) on September 15, 2010, in the Federal Register. These requirements, or rules, clarify and refine issues that have arisen over the past 20 years and contain new, and updated, requirements, including the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design (2010 Standards).
“The blind, the visually disabled, and the otherwise physically disabled have the same right as the able-bodied to the full and free use of the streets, highways, sidewalks, walkways, public buildings, public facilities, and other public places; and are entitled to full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities, and privileges of all common carriers, airplanes, motor vehicles, railroad trains, motor buses, boats, or any other public conveyances or modes of transportation, hotels, lodging places, places of public accommodation, amusement, or resort, and other places to which the general public is invited, subject only to the conditions and limitations established by law and applicable alike to all persons.
Every totally or partially blind, physically disabled, or deaf person or any person training a dog to be a service dog shall have the right to be accompanied by a service dog in any of the places listed in section 363A.19. The person shall be liable for any damage done to the premises or facilities by such dog. The service dog must be capable of being properly identified as from a recognized school for seeing eye, hearing ear, service, or guide dogs.”
Canine-Assisted Therapy in Military Medicine Historically speaking, only relatively recently have the benefits that canines offer to human health and well-being been recognized, formally examined, and applied.
To learn what the laws are in your state, go to http://www.acb.org/arizona/gduaslaw.html
This publication provides guidance on the term “service animal” and the service animal provisions in the Department’s new regulations. Read More
Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans To provide assistance throughout Minnesota to positively motivated veterans and their families who are homeless or experiencing other life crises. MACV accomplishes its mission by providing services directly or in collaboration with other service agencies.
Do you know of a Veterinary Clinic, retail store, veteran organization, dog adoption or rescue group in Minnesota which offers discounts to Minnesota veterans that should be listed here? To be listed above, the web site must clearly show discounted services to Minnesota military veterans of at least 10% or more. Send us your recommendations via our contact form below.Prior Lake Pet Hospital Prior Lake, MN 15% discount on services and some products, 25% discount for veterans involved with PetsLoyal2Vets companion or therapy dogs program.
Blue Sky Animal Hospital Wyoming, MN 10% on everything except pet food for veterans involved with PetsLoyal2Vets companion or therapy dogs program
The first recent change in VA rights concerning service dogs was Public Law No: 112-154 aka H.R.1627: Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012 This is a law passed by Congress and signed by the President on August 6, 2012. It addresses access on VA property with a service animal. It is important to note that the ADA does not apply to federal entities.
This law states:
SEC. 109. USE OF SERVICE DOGS ON PROPERTY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS.
Section 901 is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:
‘(f)(1) The Secretary may not prohibit the use of a covered service dog in any facility or on any property of the Department or in any facility or on any property that receives funding from the Secretary.
‘(2) For purposes of this subsection, a covered service dog is a service dog that has been trained by an entity that is accredited by an appropriate accrediting body that evaluates and accredits organizations which train guide or service dogs.’.
While the actual language states that a dog must be trained by “an entity that is accredited by an appropriate accrediting body” there are currently only two accrediting bodies that evaluate and accredit organizations which train guide or service dogs. They are Assistance Dogs International (accredits service dog organizations) and (International Guide Dog Federation (guide dogs).
Prior to this new law, VA facilities were required only to permit guide dogs. Some facilities accepted other types of service dogs as well and some did not. There was inconsistency in access across the country. Some vets were finding that even when their service dog was prescribed by a VA medical provider, they could not take that service dog with them onto VA property.
This was based on an internal rule promulgated by the VA, 38 C.F.R. 1.218(11): which said
Dogs and other animals. Dogs and other animals, except seeing-eye dogs, shall not be brought upon property except as authorized by the head of the facility or designee.
This new law requires the VA to create a regulation that permits all types of service dog (including PTSD service dogs) that are certified by an ADI (Assistance Dogs International) accredited program. Prior to this new law, there was no requirement for proof of training. This change is a solution for another problem being encountered in VA facilities concerning service animals, that being vets taking untrained personal pets into the facilities and these animals being disruptive or dangerous. There are some reports of these supposed service dogs attacking real service dogs, such as reported in this blog:
It is also based in part on a change in policy for some military bases caused by an incident wherein a 6 year old child was attacked and killed by a supposed PTSD service dog involving two active duty officers at Ft. Campbell:
What is Sensory Impairment: The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines impairment as:
“Any temporary or permanent loss or abnormality of body structure or function, whether physiological or psychological. An impairment is a disturbance affecting functions that are essentially mental (memory, consciousness) or sensory, internal organs (heart, kidney), the head, the trunk or the limbs” www.who.int
The term sensory impairment is therefore often used when referring to damage that occurs to the structure of the eyes or ears affecting the normal functioning of our vision and hearing senses. Sensory impairment is when one of your senses; sight, hearing, smell, touch, taste and spatial awareness, is no longer normal.
What is PTSD: The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs defines and states Post traumatic Stress Disorder can occur after you have experienced a traumatic event. A traumatic event is something terrible and scary that you see, hear about, or that happens to you.
Summary: All types of service dogs, including those for mental health such as PTSD service dogs, are permitted on VA property so long as they are certified by an ADI accredited program.
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