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A service dog can be a great benefit for Veterans with disabilities. The Truman Foundation believes that service dogs have a therapeutic value to Veterans with disabilities that can be life changing for the Veteran and their family. Properly trained service dogs are essential to many Veterans with disabilities. There is a dangerous trend where people are taking their pets out in public as a service dog. Dogs that are not trained as a service dog and are portrayed as a service dog is not only a disservice to the service dog community, it can cause irreparable harm to a trained service dog. There have been many cases where the service dog was attacked by the other dog. Portraying a pet as a service dog is also faking a disability for the person.
Many of our Veterans suffer invisible wounds that can impair their lives and family life dramatically. Veteran suicide rates are higher than the general population. The Department of Veteran Affairs estimate the rate of suicide by Veterans is 20 a day. The Truman Foundation is passionate about Veterans utilizing service dogs to help them not become a statistic of the 20 suicides a day. We want to reach out to Veteran organizations and provide information on service dogs and the mental health benefits they provide to our wounded Veterans.
The Truman Foundation is supporting the community and places of employment with information the various aspects of service dogs. The difference between a emotional support dog, therapy dog, and service dog. The laws that are related to service dog teams: public accesses, housing, and transportation that is under the Americans with Disabilities act. The ability to further understand the laws and the importance of service dogs for our wounded Veterans will benefit the community and the Veteran. This improvement will allow the service dog team to feel more adequate when out in public with this type of support.
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