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Does the VA provide guide dogs for blinded veterans?

Guide dogs are obtained through private agencies. For veterans who are blinded or visually impaired, the VA does not pay for the dog nor do they manage this process. Eligible veterans must apply to the guide dog agency and that agency has their own requirements. If the agency believes the veteran is a qualified candidate for a guide dog, travel arrangements will be made to connect the guide dog with the veteran. If approved, the guide dog becomes the property of the veteran. The veteran must then care for the dog and pay for any necessary licenses, tags, immunizations and medical bills should the dog become injured or ill.

The VA believes that a veteran who is blinded, visually impaired or deaf may benefit with the help of a guide dog. Thus, once the blinded, visually impaired or deaf veteran is approved for a guide dog, the VA assists with caring for the dog through donations from nonprofit groups.

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