Phase 1 - Typically 1-2 Weeks. Includes documentation, lifestyle assessment, discussion of lifestyle needs.
Phase 2 - Lasting 3-4 Months. Prerequisite training for Veteran and Dog, 3-4 Classes to move towards service dog training.
Phase 3 - Duration of 4 Months. Service dog training, ADA Selection training, Obedience, Final payment, & GRADUATION!
Military personnel deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan that experience a traumatic brain injury
Veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars diagnosed with PTSD
Traumatic Brain Injuries increase the risk of suicidal thoughts
National suicides completed by Veterans
Participation and successful graduation with a certified service dog.
On average, in their life limiting PTSD symptoms
Our goal here at SD4V is to build strong Veteran and service dog teams that will have a positive impact on the Veteran's quality of life.
As an organization regulated by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), we will focus on training the dog to do specific tasks that will mitigate the Veteran's diagnosed symptoms.
Veteran Advocates, Bill Brightman and Dr. Michael Merrell have designed a three-phase, eight-month program that provides a personalized agenda for each Veteran entering the program.
We encourage and welcome any and all involvement from the Veteran's family and friends.
Throughout all three phases, the Veteran will be assisted by a Veteran Advocate for support and encouragement.
Of course, our program is intended to complement traditional treatments of PTSD, TBI, and MST, and is not intended to replace any current treatment plans in place.
A complete Veterinary Wellness checkup
All needed training equipment
For SD4V provided dogs we also provide supplies and veterinary services while in the program
All necessary training expenses, graduation, service dog vest, ID Badge, and ADA Wallet cards, are provided.