Veterans Assistance Dogs of Texas
Serving the needs of Disabled Veterans
By providing
Service Dog Companions

 

Who We Are

 

As you know our veterans are committing suicide at an alarming average rate of 22 per day, which equates to one every 65 minutes.  According to figures from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Texas Workforce Investment Council, there are more than 1.309 million war time veterans in the state of Texas.  Of the over 655,000 Gulf and Afghanistan war Veterans it is estimated that 15% to 25% of those are dealing with a physical disability or service related mental illnesses. That is more than 90,000 Veterans in Texas.

Experience has shown that the quality of lifestyle for many of these disabled Veterans could be greatly enhanced with the assistance of a service dog.   Once fully trained, Service Dogs are able to assist individuals with mental impairments and/or physical disabilities accomplish daily tasks that would otherwise be difficult or impossible.  Service Dogs can also provide companionship, security and emotional stability during often difficult periods of recovery from the physical and emotional Wounds of War.

We train service dogs to assist the lives of disabled Texas veterans suffering from physical disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Military Sexual Trauma (MST) or a combination of these disabilities.

This underserved group of Veterans who could benefit from and are seeking a service dog receive no assistance from The Veterans Administration with that need.  As a result, a small number of organizations in Texas such as ours are receiving an increasing number of requests, and the gap between supply and demand is widening.

Now entering our 4th year of operation, we have become accomplished in locating service dog candidates, successfully training them and placing them with qualified and deserving Veterans.  We have grown each year beginning with training only one dog, our first year.  Our 990 reflects our continued financial growth. 

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