Veteran Application Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Must be able to travel to VSD headquarters (Tampa, FL) for up to 2 weeks for training before taking your dog home (pending acceptance).

  2. Post-9/11/2001 Veterans:

    • Service could have started prior to 9/11/2001, but active duty status must include 9/11/2001 or beyond.

  3. Must have a VA Rating for a qualifying disability that impacts your ability to complete daily tasks or negatively affects your quality of life. Qualifying disabilities include, physical injury, service connected PTSD, and/or a TBI.

  4. Must be separated from the military via Medical Discharge or Honorable Discharge and have graduated basic training.

  5. Review the following eligibility requirements that are specific to whether you are apply for a mobility support or PTSD support service dog:

  • Mobility Assistance Service Dog: Combat or Combat-related Injury or Illness

  • PTSD Support Service Dog: Deployed to areas of combat (received HFP/IDP) and Must be currently engaged with or successfully completed your individual treatment program

First Responder Application Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Must be able to travel to VSD headquarters (Tampa, FL) for up to 2 weeks for training before taking your dog home (pending acceptance).

  2. Service included at least one of the following: Police Officer, Firefighter, Paramedic, Emergency Medical Technician or Rescuer.

  3. Service connected disability that impacts your ability to complete daily tasks or negatively affects your quality of life. Qualify disabilities include physical injury, PTSD, and/or TBI.

  4. Documentation of service including any articles/commendations related to your service or injury.

  5. Review the following eligibility requirements that are specific to whether you are applying for a mobility support or PTSD support service dog:

    • Mobility Assistance Service Dog: Injured in the line of duty or training simulation

    • PTSD Support Service Dog: Traumatic event was experienced in the line of duty and applicant must be currently engaged with or successfully completed an individual treatment plan with a mental health provider.

Choose which client type you are. If you have served in the military and also as a first responder, please choose the one that resulted in your injury.
If you do not meet all five eligibility requirements listed above, we cannot open the application process to you at this time.
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Please note that the waitlist for receiving a service dog can be two years long