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The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was amended in 2011 to include “anxiety” as a list of covered services. Dogs that provide comfort to heroes in public situations that produce anxiety and fear due to their experiences in service to our country.
Public Access for this type of Service Dog requires training with a skilled handler who can ensure the dog meets all ADA Standards. As such, with each hero, our team will work hard to find a capable trainer with experience in this area. The trainer will work with the hero, one-on-one, to ensure the dog is certified to meet the ADA Standards of having public access.
This process can take anywhere from one to six months depending on the frequency, breed and learning capabilities of both the dog and the handler.
Companions for Heroes covers this cost so there is no burden to the hero.
Currently, our budget supports Public Access Service Dogs on a case-by-case basis. For more information, please refer to our application and wait to hear from our team.