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Service Dog Initiative

Key Partner: American Humane

Goal: Identify ways to reduce barriers and improve access to standardized PTS service dogs for veterans.

Results: In partnership with American Humane, Operation Service Dog Access (OSDA) was launched in 2017. OSDA created national standards and credentials for veterans and their service dogs. 

 

On September 21, 2016, American Humane’s Lois Pope LIFE Center for Military Affairs assembled nearly 40 thought leaders and stakeholders representing a diverse set of public and private perspectives with the goal of identifying ways to reduce barriers and improve access to standardized PTS service dogs for veterans. Specifically, participants were tasked to:

  1. Develop an agreed-upon definition of PTS service dog
  2. Provide input on national training/certification/credentialing standards for development by an American Humane Scientific Advisory Committee
  3. Uncover all relevant information concerning additional barriers preventing veteran access to PTS service dogs for a longer-term roadmap

Overall, this discovery process helped to uncover the numerous, complex issues involving veterans and PTS service dogs. As we move forward, continued long-term collaboration from all stakeholders is necessary to begin to develop solutions for each of the identified issues.

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