Military & First Responders
If you are a Veteran in crisis or you are concerned about one, please call the Veterans Crisis Line at (800) 273-8255 or send a text message to 838255. You can also chat with someone online at www.veteranscrisisline.net.
We highly recommend the PTSD Coach app from the VA. Check it out.
A full list of resources for PTSD, traumatic brain injury, and military sexual trauma is available at the Lone Survivor Foundation. https://lonesurvivorfoundation.org/service-members/resources/
Talk to your physician for a formal diagnosis and connection to additional resources.
G.I. Mutts finances the training of rescue dogs as services animals and matches them with veterans and first responders suffering from PTSD and other conditions. For potential applicants for service dogs, we request the following:
1. Have served in the military or as a first responder. We will ask for a copy of your DD214 or first responder ID during the application process. (If you need a replacement copy of your DD214, click here.)
2. Have the resources to provide food, shelter, and care for a service animal.
3. Have the ability to travel to Indianapolis to be matched with a dog.
Once selected as a candidate, our team will reach out to you to better understand your needs.
The need for service animals is greater than the supply. We work our hearts out to get as many dogs trained and matched as possible.