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About Freedom Service Dogs of America
Operation Freedom is a program developed to help returning war veterans and military personnel transition from active duty and combat to civilian life. Service members and veterans are placed with highly specialized service dogs that help them find a new level of independence in their post-combat life. Many returning military personnel and veterans face a myriad of challenges including post traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries, depression, immobility and inactivity. The service dogs assist veterans with mental and physical disabilities.
At the completion of their training, service dogs can execute more than 50 commands. Commands include: retrieving objects, opening/closing doors, turning light switches off/on, finding another person and leading the person to the client, assisting ambulatory persons to walk by providing brace and balance. For a veteran with PTSD dogs can be trained to nudge or provide deep pressure in the event of a flashback.
Eligibility"FSD provides full public access service dogs for clients with mobility challenges including Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke, Cerebral Palsy, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Spinal Cord injuries. For our wounded warriors we provide full public access service dogs to mitigate service related physical injuries as well as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury.
We do not provide service dogs for the following:
Seizure detection dogs, Allergy detection dogs, Blood sugar detection, Hearing dogs, Guide dogs, Emotional support dogs, Psychiatric service dogs.
To start the process clients must submit a complete application. The application has four parts; the client portion, the medical form (to be completed by their doctor), the video/photo outline, and two letters of reference. There is a $25 application fee that should accompany all applications. Interviews will be scheduled only when all portions of the application have been received.
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