Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Gulfport, Mississippi
I did exactly (or real close) to what your trying to do. The first step for this is actually one of the hardest; paperwork from the VA. Once you have this in hand then the search begins; yet it appears you did it backwards, lol. I was medically retired about a year after the first Gulfwar and I am currently a 100% DAV and I actually have a startup non-profit that does exactly as you mention. We receive paperwork from the Vet which gives us permission to allow the issuing of a dog; that we rescue from the humane society.
There are so many very kind to vets who are PTSD and will assist with the training. The problem with your (and my situation) the VA is so far behind the times in regards to PTSD or SD's in general. we have placed three dogs already in this area and most of what we do is educate the people.
I will send you a PM with my email and we can take this off line; lets see what we can do for you. I'm not in your area although I do have contacts all over the country....
King CKC GSD (he shall always be remembered)
Willie Collie Mix 7 yrs old
Sarge White GSD 7 yrs old
Blitz Von Vormund AKC DN28154--- 2 yr old