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DAV provides free, professional assistance to veterans and their families in obtaining benefits and services earned through military service and provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and other agencies of government.



There are many financial options available to veterans from pensions, benefits, retirement plans, and more. Click the link for a comprehensive guide for veterans.

The VA assigns a disability rating after examining the relevant medical records and establishing the severity of your disability. The VA then uses that rating to calculate the monthly compensation paid for your service-related condition. The VA assigns ratings in 10 percent increments between zero and 100 percent.


Addiction Rehab Treatment

Drug and alcohol addiction is rife in the veteran and active military communities. Learn more about addiction in veterans and military members.
National Resource Directory (NRD)

The NRD is a database of validated resources that supports recovery, rehabilitation, and reintegration for service members, veterans, family members, and caregivers.

Wounded Warrior Project

The Wounded Warrior Project helps veterans and service members who served in the military on or after September 11, 2001, and incurred a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound during or after service.

What is a service animal?

A service animal is defined as a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability.  The task(s) performed by the dog must be directly related to the person’s disability.

What is an emotional support dog?

If the dog’s mere presence provides comfort, it is not a service animal under the ADA. But if the dog is trained to perform a task related to a person’s disability, it is a service animal under the ADA. For example, if the dog has been trained to sense that an anxiety attack is about to happen and take a specific action to help avoid the attack or lessen its impact, the dog is a service animal.

Are service-animals-in-training considered service animals under the ADA?

No. Under the ADA, the dog must already be trained before it can be taken into public places. However, some State or local laws cover animals that are still in training.

ADA Information Line

Have questions about the ADA? Call the U.S. Department of Justice ADA Information Line at 800-514-0301.

Information that is provided:

  • Requirements of the ADA
  • How the ADA applies to your situation
  • How to file a complaint
  • Answers to technical questions

Canines With a Cause is proud to be one of several nonprofits that are members of the Association of Service Dog Providers for Military Veterans.

According to their website, “service dogs trained specifically for PTS, TBI, and MST are distinctly different from traditional service dogs. The training, pairing, and management of organizations providing a direct service to military Veterans requires a unique understanding of Veterans’ needs. The Association of Service Dog Providers for Military Veterans members are not-for-profit 501c(3) organizations that understand the unique needs of military veterans and pair them with trained service dogs.”

U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

Veteran Crisis Line (Chat Line)

Free, 24/7, confidential support is a click away. The Veterans Crisis Line can help even if you’re not enrolled in VA benefits or health care.

Veteran Support (through Veteran Crisis Line)

VA offers a network of support for all Veterans and their families and friends. You don’t have to be enrolled in VA benefits or health care.


Get the facts about posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), learn about treatment options, and explore personal stories from Veterans, family members, and VA clinicians.

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