The Need for Assistance Dogs for Veterans and Active Duty Military Personnel
Types of Dog Programs
The term "Assistance Dog" is an umbrella term that covers the categories described below.
Trained to find and follow a clear path, maneuver around obstacles, and stop at curbs. A user with a guide dog gains enhanced mobility and independence.
Alert the deaf and hard of hearing to important sounds
Trained to help people who have disabilities other than visual impairment. This dog may be trained to provide balance, fetch and retrieve dropped items, or carry a backpack.
Skilled Companion Dogs
Enhance independence for adults with cognitive disabilities
Combat Stress Relief Dogs
Trained canines deployed in theater for active duty personnel. They offer emotional support for servicemen and women dealing with combat stress, homefront issues, and sleep disorders.
Facility Therapy Dogs
Trained to provide physical therapy assistance at military or VA hospitals for wounded soldiers. They may also make visits to VA nursing homes or hospices.