Veteran Application

Contact Information

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Who else lives in your home?

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What other animals live in your home?

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Note: We are required to contact your veterinarian for medical history to meet the standards for our certification with Assistance Dogs International (ADI).

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Canine Information

If you already have a dog you would like to train in our program, please complete the following section, regardless of whether or not AVBF has assessed it yet.

*A service dog handler must be able to communicate with the dog either verbally or using a signed language.

Please provide two character references from non-relatives:

Reference 1:*

Reference 2:*


I hereby acknowledge and I understand that A Veteran's Best Friend reserves the right to deny service to an applicant for any reason including, but not limited to, failure to meet the established criteria for receiving a service dog or that requires services that are not able to train.

A Veteran's Best Friend provides specialized PTSD training and education relating to training a PTSD service dog. We do not provide any mental health counseling. We highly recommend all Veterans with PTSD to utilize Veterans Health administration or a Vet Center.

I understand that if I can't complete the service dog program for whatever reason, the service dog is returned to A Veteran's Best Friend. A Veteran's Best Friend also reserves the right to remove a program service dog from a home at any time for mistreatment/neglect or an inappropriate match.

I do hereby agree to hold free from any and all liability the A Veteran's Best Friend and its members and officers. I declare myself to be physically sound to participate with the A Veteran's Best Friend organization. My family, members of my household, and myself waive the rights and claims for damages and injuries, which may come from a connection and participation with A Veteran's Best Friend.

Additional Requirements

In addition to submitting this application, please mail the following to:

A Veteran's Best Friend
P.O. Box 329 / 116 N. First Street, Suite C
Cabot, AR 72023

  • Documentation verifying your diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veteran Center, or your mental health provider. A VA compensation letter will suffice.
  • A letter (or note) from a mental health care professional recommending a Service Dog to aid in your treatment or the mitigation of your disability
  • Two character reference letters from non-relatives
  • A letter of reference from your veterinarian stating your ability to care properly for a Service Dog (if applicable)
  • A copy of your DD214

Once your application has been reviewed and approved, we will contact you by phone or email to arrange an in-home safety inspection and dog assessment, if applicable.