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  1. Let's "Paws" to Consider the Possibility: Using Support Dogs with Victims of Crime

    Today, a service dog helping an individual with sight limitations is accepted and relatively common. There are other trained dogs including those who serve individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing and those who serve individuals with mobility limitations. Provincial, territorial, and federal...

  2. VA provides service dog benefits to Veterans with mental health disorders (August 18, 2016)

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    VA announced that the "veterinary health benefit" program for service dogs (provides veterinary well-being and medical/surgical insurance plus some other reimbursements for travel and equipment) will be expanded to include veterans who have mobility impairments due...

  3. Animals on VA Property, Federal Register 2015, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

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    This is the Final Rule (Regulation) governing the presence of service dogs on VA property. Although federal agencies are not subject to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), it is intended to be consistent with the ADA Regulations (administered by the Department of Justice).SUMMARY: The...

  4. 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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    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...

  5. No Dogs Allowed? Federal Policies on Access for Service Animals

    Contributor(s):: Kelly Henderson

    For ages, humans have explored the potential healing benefit of animal companions for people who are ill or who have disabilities. The use of animals to assist their ailing human counterparts dates to the early Greeks who gave horseback rides to raise the spirits of people who were incurably ill,...