In this news video/report those being interviewed because they have been turned out of going into a clinic state they are there not for services (they did not make an appointment for treatment
in the clinic) and they are there to further train their dog.
It is the duty of the organization that placed these dogs with their handlers to make sure they review laws before placement. The handlers besides having verbal training also need hard copies of the various laws with links so they can read the original documents.
On the flip side of this, I hope for their own protection that the organization has had those individuals who they placed dogs with to sign off that they received copies of the laws and understood those laws.
When reading the article or listening to the video remember in my previous post where this was stated, "Therapy animals, companion animals, emotional support animals, and pets are not considered service animals, and their access to VHA facilities and properties are not covered by this Directive."
Pay attention to where the news announcers gave the wrong information, the first handler gave incorrect information and even their attorney cited wrong laws and information.
Our vets should not be go through this additional trauma -- they need to be given the correct information from the beginning.
Veterans denied access to health clinic because of service dogs
Attorney: Rules violate Americans with Disabilities Act
UPDATED 7:06 AM EDT May 22, 2014
BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. —Post-traumatic stress disorder patient Ricky Royster, 53, says his service dog, Bella, calms and comforts him.
"The VA said it will make sure the men receive care and is offering advice and resources if the dogs need additional training elsewhere."