The Americans with Disabilities Act was amended in 2011 to include “ANXIETY” as a list of covered services. This is the bread and butter of Companions For Heroes. Dogs that provide comfort to veterans in public situations that produce anxiety and fear due to their experiences in service of this great 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 veteran, we work hard to find a capable trainer with experience in this area. They will work with the veteran, one on one, to ensure the dog is “brought up to speed”.
This process can take anywhere from 1 to 6 months depending on the frequency, breed and learning speed of both the dog and the handler.
Either way – Companions For Heroes covers this cost so there is no burden to those in need.
Currently, our budget supports 5 Public Access Service Dogs per month. For more information, please refer to our application and wait to hear from our counselor!