Recognizing the unique needs many student veterans have related to their service, University of Maryland University College partners with organizations to ensure access to a variety of resources. One such organization is the American Humane. Its recently launched shelter-to-service program provides service dogs for veterans with service-related post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury.

Through this program, UMUC student veterans who have been diagnosed with PTS and/or TBI as a result of their military service can receive specialized service dogs to help with their symptoms. American Humane's canine training center will provide the dogs at no cost to the recipients. American Humane does not offer guide, hearing, or mobility dogs.

Interested veterans may submit an application online through American Humane's website. The application process requires a background check, copy of your DD-214, proof of diagnosis from a mental health provider, proof of mortgage or lease, and additional information pertaining to veteran readiness to receive a service dog.

Veterans who are selected for the program will be required to travel to a location on the East Coast for a seven-day stay in a group facility for an orientation with their service dogs. Travel expenses will be paid for by American Humane.

Download the application here. For questions please contact Rachele Belt.

About the Author

Kristin Schrader is the associate director of InternPLUS and military career programs at UMUC. She has a background in human resources and has worked in career services at four universities. Most recently, she was the lead trainer in Europe for the U.S. Department of Labor Employment Workshop, where she taught transitioning servicemembers about the civilian job search. Kristin is a proud military spouse, and she is passionate about helping others achieve their goals.