We’ve heard from several veterans who have had problems with the VA and their Service or Assistance Dogs. Today, the VA clarified a scarcely known benefit in Title 38 Section 1714, offering benefits to veterans using certain types of assistance dogs.
Who can you thank? AMVETS, Luis Montalvan, an OEF/OIF veteran, and Kevin Stone, a Paralympic bronze medalist. Both veterans accompanied AMVETS and partner non-profit assistance dog agency Paws With A Cause on recent meetings with legislators and policy-makers in Washington. Montalvan and Stone have already received approval of benefits for their assistance dogs Tuesday and Mambo.
If you’re a veteran with a Service or Assistance Dog and were previously denied — or are awaiting approval — you’ll want to reapply immediately. Ask your VA caseworker to file VA Form 10-2641 (internal use only) and proper accompanying paperwork. For more info, view the AMVETS Press Release.
tom April 26, 2010
My dog is sponsored by the Defense Commissary Agency and Milk Bone. This was done over six years ago. I don't understand why anyone would be denied services regarding a service animal with the VA. They are totally supportive of me.