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Final Rule, "Service Dogs", Federal Register 2012, Description of Regulations Governing the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Service Dog Benefit Program

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Abstract

This regulation includes an extensive preamble that summarizes and addresses comments received by VA on an earlier draft of the document, and discusses why psychiatric service dogs are not currently covered.

SUMMARY: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) amends its regulations concerning veterans in need of service dogs. Under this final rule, VA will provide to veterans with visual, hearing, or mobility impairments benefits to support the use of a service dog as part of the management of such impairments. The benefits include assistance with veterinary care, travel benefits associated with obtaining and training a dog, and the provision, maintenance, and replacement of hardware required for the dog to perform the tasks necessary to assist such veterans.

DATES: Effective Date: This rule is effective October 5, 2012

Submitter

Michael Fallon

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Date 2012
Translated Title Service Dogs
Volume 77
Issue 172
Pages 54368-54382
Publisher Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office
Department Veterans Affairs
URL https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-09-05/pdf/2012-21784.pdf
Language English
Tags
  1. Animal-assisted activities
  2. Animal-assisted therapies
  3. Mammals
  4. Service animals
  5. service dog training programs
  6. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  7. Veteran benefits