Public Law No: 112-154
Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012
Before this law was passed and signed into law on August 6, 2012 the only type of Assistance Dog that disabled handlers had official access rights were with Guide Dogs. Some VA facilities would allow access to other types of Assistance Dogs while others would not.
TITLE I—HEALTH CARE MATTERS
Sec. 109. Use of service dogs on property of the Department of Veterans Affairs
Section 901 is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection
‘‘(f)(1) The Secretary may not prohibit the use of a covered
service dog in any facility or on any property of the Department
or in any facility or on any property that receives funding from
‘‘(2) For purposes of this subsection, a covered service dog
is a service dog that has been trained by an entity that is accredited
by an appropriate accrediting body that evaluates and accredits
organizations which train guide or service dogs.’’.
Previous to Public Law No: 112-154
Code of Federal Regulations ~ Title 38 - Pensions, Bonuses, and Veterans' Relief
Original Date: 2011-07-01
Title: Section 1.218 - Security and law enforcement at VA facilities.
Context: Title 38 - Pensions, Bonuses, and Veterans' Relief. CHAPTER I - DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS. PART 1 - GENERAL PROVISIONS. - Security and Law Enforcement at Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities.
"Dogs and other animals.
Dogs and other animals, except seeing-eye dogs, shall not be brought upon property except as authorized by the head of the facility or designee."
Security and law enforcement at VA facilities.
This new law opened the official doors to other types of Assistance Dogs besides Guide Dogs but also put in restrictions. Only "covered service dogs" that is one, "that has been trained by an entity that is accredited by an appropriate accrediting body that evaluates and accredits organizations which train guide or service dogs" are allowed access under this change.
Dept of Veterans Affairs, 38 CFR -- Access Issues