Minneapolis VA Health Care System
1 Veterans Dr, Minneapolis, MN, 55417
Distance: 252 Miles
Provides trained service dogs or funding for service dogs that help a person with mobility, independence and/or communication.
Assesses need and provides referral only for Veterans who need service dogs. Agency does not provide animals.
The VA Prosthetics and Sensory Aids department provides equipment and veterinary care for approved service or guide dogs.
The VA does not pay for boarding, grooming, food, or any other routine expense associated with owning a dog.
- Adults with disabilities
Guide dogs - Blind Veterans are assessed and trained for orientation and mobility. If a guide dog is preferred, information on how to contact guide dog schools is provided. Partnership with the guide dog is provided through non-VA affiliated guide dog schools.
Service dogs - Each Veteran's case is reviewed and evaluated by a prescribing clinician for the following:
* Ability and means, including family or caregiver, to care for the dog currently and in the future
* Goals that are to accomplished through the use of the dog or other assistive technology or therapy
The Veteran will be informed of an approval or disapproval of their service dog request.
7:30am - 4:30pm, Monday - Friday
This provider does not offer this service at other locations.
Other Services or resources
- Caregiver Support
- Counseling Services
- Dental Clinic
- Geriatric Services
- Medical Foster Home Program
- Military Sexual Trauma (MST) Recovery Services
- Opioid Treatment - Non-Residential
- Rehabilitation Therapy
- Social Work Services
- VA Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers
- VA Nursing Home (Community Living Center)
- Veterans Affairs Medical Center
- Vision Loss Services
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LR-7950.1700Dog Guides Definition
Programs that provide and train recipients in the use of dogs who have been taught to help people who are blind increase their mobility and independence in a sighted world. The dogs are taught to observe traffic, lead their masters around obstacles, stop at all curbs and disobey commands that would endanger their master's safety.
LR-7950.5000-500Mobility Assistance Service Dogs Definition
Programs that provide and train recipients in the use of service dogs who have been taught to pick up dropped items, carry backpacks for books and other valuables, operate light switches, push elevator buttons, ring doorbells, open and close doors, pull wheelchairs up hills or over curbs and provide other types of personal assistance for people with physical disabilities who have limited mobility. Some mobility assistance dogs serve as "walker dogs" who steady Parkinson’s patients and people recovering from an injury while walking. If the individual falls, the dog may also be trained to act as a brace to help the person regain their feet.
Individuals who are former members of one of the branches of the armed forces and who, by length and type of services, honorable discharge or release or degree of disability, qualify for the benefits and privileges that are provided by law for ex-servicemen and women.