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History of guide dog use by veterans

By M. Ostermeier

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The first guide dog school was established in Germany during World War I to care for German soldiers blinded in that war. Other schools in Germany followed. Observation by an American at one of the schools led to the creation of the first guide dog school in the United States in 1929, "The Seeing Eye." Additional U.S. schools were opened during and after World War II. This article discusses the history of guide dog use by veterans, including the formation of the first guide dog schools in response to aiding blinded servicemen, and the involvement of federal agencies and guide dog schools in providing assistance to blinded veterans.

Date 2010
Publication Title Military Medicine
Volume 175
Issue 8
Pages 587-593
ISBN/ISSN 0026-4075
Language English
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  • Ostermeier, M. (2012), "History of guide dog use by veterans,"

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  1. Agencies and organizations
  2. Blindness
  3. Developed countries
  4. Disabilities
  5. Diseases
  6. Europe
  7. Germany
  8. Government agencies
  9. Guide dogs
  10. History
  11. Mammals
  12. Military
  13. North America
  14. OECD countries
  15. peer-reviewed
  16. Pets and companion animals
  17. Primates
  18. Schools
  19. United States of America
  20. veterans
  1. peer-reviewed