Our Mission

Provide service dogs, facility dogs, and emotional support dogs to veterans with physical and/or mental health challenges at no cost to the veteran or their family.



Service Dogs Give Veterans a New Leash on Life

Our Model

Veterans Moving Forward, Inc. (VMF), a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization headquartered in Dulles, Virginia, provides service dogs and canine therapy services to veterans with physical and/or mental health challenges, no cost to the veterans.

VMF’s services are available to any veteran of any generation, who served honorably, has physical and/or mental challenges resulting from military operations and/or accident or disease experienced during or subsequent to military service, lives in the continental United States, Hawaii or Alaska, and can benefit from a service dog.

VMF’s service dog training protocol includes:

  • Socialization and Obedience training builds the foundation for a successful relationship with the dog and handler.
  • Service Task Training may include; retrieval skills, light switch operation, door opening and closing, shopping assistance and PTSD interruption.
  • Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certification and Urban CGC certification are obtained by an outside organization for each canine.
  • Advanced skill training to meet the Veterans specific needs starts after matching the service team.

VMF Differentiators:

  • Veteran and Service Dogs are matched based on personality and temperament, needs of the Veteran and the skill set of the dog
  • We will assist in linking the Veteran with a veterinarian near the Veterans home to provide follow up care for the Service Dog
  • VMF follow up support and communication to include monthly communications, monthly health and welfare reports, a 3 month visit from VMF canine team at the Veterans home and then on an as needed basis for future support
  • Yearly checkups to include a Public Access Test and refresher training

veterans moving forward

Providing service dogs and canine therapy services to veterans with physical and/or mental health challenges, at no cost to the veteran.
© 2022 Veterans moving forward a tax-exempt 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization.
Phone:  703-665-2129

Executive Offices:
44225 Mercure Circle,
Suite 130 Dulles, VA 20166
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