VA Updates Rules for Providing Disabled Veterans with Service Animals
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The Department of Veterans Affairs has recently amended its regulations to expand benefits regarding the acquisition and use of service dogs for veterans suffering from disabilities. This Federal...
Exploring the possibility of using outdoor recreation to promote mental health in veterans with PTSD
Contributor(s):: Dana Erickson
Over the past decade the United States has deployed over two million service members overseas and many into combat (Sayer et al., 2011). It has been estimated that many of these returning veterans will suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and that a number of these veterans won’t seek...
The effects of equine assisted therapy on post war veterans
Contributor(s):: Elena Durham
The profession of occupational therapy has new potential to reach out to the post war veteran population nationally in a ground-breaking way. Countless soldiers have been wounded both mentally and physically due to active war duty and often find themselves struggling to return to a civilized life...
Canines for combat veterans: The national education for assistance dog services
Contributor(s):: Kathy Foreman, Cynthia Crosson
National Education for Assistance Dog Services (NEADS)/Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans* has a long history of meeting the needs of the disabled. Established in 1976 as an agency to train and place dogs with the hearing impaired, NEADS evolved into one of the major canine assistance agencies...
Training the combat and operational stress control dog: An innovative modality for behavioral health
Contributor(s):: William Krol
Combat and operational stress control (COSC) dogs represent a new category of military working dog. America's VetDogs, a nongovernmental, not-for-profit organization, trains and provides therapy dogs to work with the US Army's combat and operational stress control teams deployed to Afghanistan or...
The influence of an animal on social interactions of nursing home residents in a group setting
Contributor(s):: Fick, K. M.
History of guide dog use by veterans
Contributor(s):: Ostermeier, M.
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...
Pet visitation program
Contributor(s):: Saylor, K.
Pet therapy ... a howling success
Hounds Helping Heroes Heal
Any U.S. Military Veteran that has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD ) and/or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is eligible and encouraged to apply for an ESA/Service Dog through H4 – Hounds Helping Heroes Heal. Once the application and screening process is completed, the appropriate dog will...
Saving Grace K9's
The unconditional love of dogs has saved many veterans from taking their own lives which is why Saving Grace K9's believes in partnering veterans with a rescue dog. For the Saving Grace K9's program, the dogs used are not breed specific and are trained in tandem with the veteran handler...