Minneapolis VA Health Care System
1 Veterans Dr, Minneapolis, MN, 55417-2309
Distance: 1115 Miles
Provides trained service dogs, or funding for service dogs, that help a person with mobility, independence and/or communication
Veterans are evaluated to see if they qualify for service or guide dogs to help with a disability. If so, the Veterans Administration (VA) can help to get and pay for a guide or service dog.
Guide dogs are trained to help with mobility for people who are blind or with vision loss. A service dog is trained to help with physical or hearing disabilities.
Veterans approved for guide dogs or service dogs are referred to accredited agencies. There is no charge for the dog or the associated training.
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
State of Minnesota
|Crisis Line - Veterans||(800) 273-8255|
|Toll Free||(866) 414-5058|
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
- Wellness Program
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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.
LR-7950.8200Signal Dogs Definition
Programs that provide and train recipients in the use of dogs who have been taught to help people who are deaf increase their independence and ability to communicate in a hearing world. The dogs obey sign language commands and are taught to respond to a variety of sounds including ambulance sirens, doorbells, alarm clocks, smoke alarms, crying babies and teakettles.
YF-3200Hearing Loss Definition
A disruption in the normal hearing process that may occur in the outer, middle, or inner ear, which prevents sound waves from being converted to electrical signals and nerve impulses from being transmitted to the brain to be interpreted. Included are conductive hearing loss that results from abnormalities of the external ear and/or the ossicles of the middle ear; sensorineural hearing loss that results from malfunction of inner ear structures (i.e., cochlea); and central auditory dysfunction that results from damage or dysfunction at the level of the eighth cranial nerve, auditory brain stem, or cerebral cortex. Hearing loss may be present at birth (congenital) or become evident later in life (acquired); and may or may not preclude the normal development of language. The severity of hearing loss is measured in decibles (dB). The threshold or 0 dB mark for each frequency refers to the level at which typical young adults perceive a tone burst 50% of the time. Hearing is considered normal if an individual's thresholds are within 15 dB of normal thresholds. Severity of hearing loss is graded as mild (26-40 dB), moderate (41-55 dB), moderately severe (56-70 dB), severe (71-90 dB) and profound (90 dB).
YF-6500Physical Disabilities Definition
Any of a variety of conditions that may be due to muscular, skeletal or neuromuscular disorders, paralysis or absence of one or more limbs, which impose physical limitations on the individual.
A condition in which affected individuals are totally blind and cannot see or are legally blind and have central visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye with maximal correction, or a peripheral field of vision that is so contracted that its widest diameter subtends an angle no greater than 20 degrees.
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.