provide a professionally trained assistance dog prepared by a qualified
instructor to every disabled hero wounded in the global war on
terrorism that will enable them to return to a life with dignity and
self-reliance whether they are visually impaired or have other special
needs that require an assistance dog. All of the services are provided
at no cost to the veteran.
Helping Today′s Returning Heroes Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit
organization created to solicit and provide funds for America′s VetDogs
so that they may provide guide or service dogs and training to veterans
and active military personnel who have been wounded in the global war
on terrorism and who require the use of an assistance dog to help them
return to a life of self-reliance and dignity whether they are blind or
visually impaired or have other special needs.
Veterans Helping Today′s Returning Heroes evolved from the Boca West
VetDogs Fund, a special fund created by two Florida veterans to help
the heroes of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan get the assistance
dogs they need through America′s VetDogs ̵ the Veteran′s K-9 Corps.
VetDogs is an evolving program that strives to meet the ever−growing
needs of veterans who experience visual, physical, and/or emotional
trauma. Requests from disabled veterans range from dual-trained dogs
for balance/stability (physical therapy), retrieval, responders to
alarms, and assistance with activities of independent living to Trekker
GPS training to therapy dogs for active military personnel − providing
emotional support for those who have PTSD and other combat−related
average working life of an assistance dog is between seven and 10
years. After a veteran has received a guide or assistance dog, he is
eligible for another dog, including training, at no cost after he has
retired his dog. Your Gift for Life makes this possible.