Patriot PAWS Service Dogs is  dedicated to providing highly trained service dogs to disabled American Veterans.  Each dog trained at Patriot PAWS is customized to the individual needs of the Veteran with the goal of increased independence.  Our dogs are trained to assist Veterans with both visible and invisible disabilities, and can help with many tasks that would otherwise be difficult or impossible.  It takes about 2 1/2 years to train one service dog at a cost of approximately $35,000, but we provide these dogs at no cost to the Veteran.  If you are a Veteran who wants more information about our Service Dog application process, please contact our Veteran Coordinator office at

The active component end strength of U.S. military forces is projected to increase from 1,346,000 in FY 2020 to 1,351,500 in FY 2021; and 1,361,000 by FY 2025.  It is an all-volunteer military but Selective Service System registration is required by law for almost all male U.S. citizens and male immigrants ages 18 through.  Selective Service registration is part of a system that, if authorized by the President and Congress, would rapidly provide personnel to the Department of Defense.  By registering, a young man remains eligible for jobs, Federal student aid, State-based student aid in 31 states, Federally-funded job training, and U.S. citizenship for immigrant men.


The number of disabled Veterans has significantly increased during the Post-9/11 era. The numbers tell the story.*

• 7.5 million – the number of Veterans who served during the Gulf War era (August 1990 to present)
• 4.3 million – the number of Veterans with a service-connected disability rating
• 1.1 million – the number of Veterans with a 70% or higher disability rating
• 15% – the number of Veterans who served in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom experiencing PTS in a given year
• 12% – the number of Gulf War Veterans experiencing PTS in a given year

*Source: United States Census Bureau, 2018 American Community Survey

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I was in a Reserve/National Guard component, am I still eligible?

  • Yes, your application will be reviewed by a committee and the decision will be made by said committee. You put on the boots, you served your country, and you are eligible.

What is the cost/expenses during the 14-day training phase?

  • The average hotel room costs about $100/night (don’t forget most will give a military/veteran discount). Meals, depending on what you like, vary. Hotels usually have free breakfast, so $20/day should be good. Plane tickets, gas, rental car(s); all depends on the time you are down for graduation. Start saving now, remember it may take 2-3 years to get to the 14-day training phase.

Who is my Point of Contact (POC) with Patriot PAWS?

  • The Veteran Coordinator’s office. You can ask for Zac or any other ambassador to the coordinator’s office.

Am I placed on a list, like an “order of merit,” once approved?

  • We like to call it a “pool” instead of a list. We feel like we want to identify and place a service dog with a Veteran with the more immediate need(s) first.

If I am denied, by the Veteran Committee, to receive a service dog, is there a way I can grieve the decision of the Committee?

  • Absolutely. We ask you to write a letter to the Veteran Committee and the Veteran Coordinator will bring it before the next committee meeting.

Why do I need an employment letter? Aren’t service dogs allowed anywhere with public access?

  • According to the actual law(s) pertaining to service dogs, a service dog will have public access to a public entity, private establishments can refuse access. We want the service dog and Veteran to be successful and not turn into an “in-home pet” while you’re at work.

Why do you do this for Veterans like me?

“Because there’s a need, and I see the difference it makes.”
–Lori Stevens; Founder/Executive Director