A Legendary Journey Dealing with Invisible Injuries and PTSD Service Dogs



Brian Reese here, from VA Claims Insider, and today I’m with Veteran Master Coach DP, with VACI Champions. We are going on A Legendary Journey Dealing with Invisible Injuries and PTSD Service Dogs!

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TIMESTAMPS & LINKS

⏩ 18:00 The invisible journey
⏩ 19:25 Don’t bring me problems, bring me solutions
⏩ 20:20 The invisible injuries and having a service dog
⏩ 21:00 A service dog is a sense of independence
⏩ 24:15 You are not alone, ask for help!
⏩ 26:30 The different types of service dogs
⏩ 30:00 Is there anything personal in your space?
⏩ 32:00 Just because you have a job doesn’t mean you’re OK.
⏩ 34:20 This is why I have a dog, I need this
⏩ 38:20 You have to understand what you have
⏩ 42:00 I have to raise this dog on my own and the bond
⏩ 47:20 What is the First step to get a service dog
⏩ 52:45 There is Hope!
⏩ 59:50 You have to own your truth

***A Legendary Journey Dealing with Invisible Injuries and PTSD Service Dogs***

What is a service dog?
You have probably heard the terms service dog and assistance dog before, but do you know what these terms truly mean? Generally speaking, a service dog or assistance dog is a working dog specially trained to help a person or group of people with a disability or specific needs.
Under the ADA, service dogs cannot be denied entrance to businesses, even food service establishments, state and local government facilities or nonprofit organizations that serve the public. However, service dogs must be under control at all times. This generally means they should be leashed or harnessed—unless these get in the way of the dog’s duties, in which case the dog must still be under the handler’s control. 

Eligibility for a Service Dog
If you are a veteran or first responder who is interested in applying for a service dog, please review the following information to determine if you meet our eligibility requirements.

* You have served in any of the branches of the U.S. Armed Forces from any era, and have received an honorable discharge.
* You are a first responder who has a work-related disability.
* You are visually or hearing impaired or physically disabled. 
* You can participate in our two-week training program and will be committed to our training program and schedule.
* You are dedicated to maintaining the dog’s training throughout the life of the team and can provide for the well-being of the dog, approximately $100 per month.
* You are able to meet the physical and emotional needs of a dog, and have an appropriate support system in place to do so if/when you are unable to yourself.
Also eligible are professionals working with Military organizations that provide physical or mental health care to clients who will benefit from interaction with an Assistance Dog.

Types of Service Dogs
These three categories of assistance animals all perform different tasks and, as such, have different levels of public access protected by law.
Service animals:
* Are covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and afforded rights to enter public establishments.
* Are trained to assist a single person.
* May live with owners regardless of pet policies under the Fair Housing Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
* May fly with their disabled owner in the cabin of an aircraft as part of the federal Air Carrier Access Act.
Therapy animals:
* Provide emotional support or comfort to a number of different people in various settings (e.g., visiting hospital patients, comforting witnesses during court testimony or offering support to trauma survivors).
* Are not considered a service animal under the law and are not covered by or afforded rights through the ADA.
Emotional support animals:
* Provide emotional support through companionship.
* Are not considered a service animal under the law and is not covered by or afforded rights through the ADA.
It is important to note these differences. Even though therapy animals and emotional support animals may be very well trained and properly behaved, they are still not qualified service animals and do not have the same access rights.

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