VMF provides service dogs to veterans of any generation that served honorably, have a physical and/or mental health challenge, and can benefit from and qualify for a VMF service dog.
Eligible veterans are those veterans of any age, who served honorably, whose disability is a result of military operations and/or accident or disease experienced during or subsequent to their military service, and who lives in the continental United States.
VMF’s service dog training protocol includes:
- Socialization and obedience skills training
- Basic service skills including water bottle retrieval, laundry assistance, medicine bag retrieval, exit door recognition, shopping assistance, etc.
- Regular evaluation and assessment by third party, professional dog-training organizations
- Therapy dog registration by nationally recognized, professional, animal-assisted therapy organizations at 12-15 months of age
- Veteran & Service Dog matching based on 1) personality & temperament, 2) veteran’s specific needs and 3) the dog’s skills
- Linking veteran with a vetted veterinarian near the veteran’s home for post-placement veterinarian support
- Linking veteran with a vetted dog trainer near the veteran’s home to provide follow on, post-placement sustainment training for the veteran and service dog
- VMF follow up support including regular communications with the veteran(s), receipt of monthly reports covering health & welfare, medical/veterinarian treatment, behavior & socialization, and issues/concerns – with VMF follow up support and actions, as appropriate.