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America's VetDogs® – The Veteran's K-9 Corps® is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded by the accredited Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind and serves the needs of disabled veterans and active duty personnel.

In 2003, the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind recognized the need for an overall assistance dog program for veterans that would incorporate guide dogs, service dogs, and state-of-the-art mobility devices. America's VetDogs was created and incorporated to give veterans easy access to the best services possible to improve their lives.

We provide guide dogs for veterans who are blind; service dogs for those with other physical or emotional disabilities; physical and occupational therapy dogs to work with amputees in military and VA hospitals; and combat stress control dogs to be deployed in theater.

All of our services are provided at no cost to veterans, and our funding comes from the generous contributions of individuals, corporations, foundations, businesses, and service and fraternal clubs.

For a veteran with a serious limb injury, amputation, or traumatic brain injury, a service dog can provide stability support climbing up and down stairs or getting in and out of a chair, and can be trained to fetch and retrieve specific items, e.g., medication, a wallet, or a phone. For veterans with seizure disorder, dogs can be trained to alert for seizure response. Dogs also offer emotional support for veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Megan Kendall

Purdue University

Location 371 East Jericho Turnpike Smithtown, NY 11787-2976
URL http://www.vetdogs.org/
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  1. Animal-assisted activities
  2. Animal-assisted therapies
  3. Animal roles
  4. Brain injuries
  5. Disabilities
  6. Dogs
  7. Mammals
  8. Pet ownership
  9. Pets and companion animals
  10. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
  11. Psychological stress
  12. veterans