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Lucy is an AKC Certified therapy dog. We volunteer in the pet therapy program at the Castle Point and Montrose VA Hospitals. We go around visiting the patients. It is a lot of fun watching the patients brighten up when Lucy walks into their room.

Having TBI, I found that training Lucy was very therapeutic for me, and at the end I have a great dog (battle buddy). I would like to share my experience with the returning combat Veterans with TBI / PTSD.

 The Veteran will work with their local animal shelter and train a dog at their own local training center. An evaluator from AKC will certify that the dog and veteran meet AKC certification. At the end, the dog will be AKC certified to go to hospitals or nursing homes. The website for AKC is
AKC Website.

There will be no fund-raising, fanfare, marketing or any other type of activities that will interfere with the confidentiality of the Veteran. The expense will be burdened by the Veteran, and we need to keep it minimal. My expense training Lucy was around $500. Maybe people are willing to donate some of their time in doing this.

 Please forward this website TherapyDogLucy.org to any returning combat Veteran. They may know a Veteran that could use the help.

This is strictly a civilian project. TherapyDogLucy.org is not associated with the military, Veterans Affairs or any other governmental agency. Please keep in mind that this is a therapy dog and not a service dog. A therapy dog does not have public access.

For more information, please contact me at:
Joe DeJong
845 787 3960

Current assignment

  Hudson Valley Castle Point VA


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Dog Trainer
Not sure if this works. Please check with your VA service coordinator.


Below is a list of some of the financial assistance programs available to qualified persons:
 The Montgomery GI Bill – Chapter 30
 Post 9/11 GI Bill – Chapter 33
 VRAP Approved (Veteran’s Retraining Assistance Program)
 The Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance – Chapter 35
 Selected Reserve – Chapter 1606
 Reserve Educational Assistance – Chapter 1607

  Lucy is looking for Veterans who are knowledgeable about dogs. The idea is to have these guys help the returning combat veterans. We have a veteran who needs his dog to be foster care when he goes in the hospital.

For more information, please contact me at:
Joe DeJong
845 787 3960

No pets allow
Issued: April 25, 2013

Subject: Service Animals and Assistance Animals for People with Disabilities in Housing and HUD-Funded Programs


Palo Alto Dog VA center
Lucy wants this at Montrose


Therapy Dog Organizations

There is much confusion on how to get a PTSD/TBI service dog.
Lucy would like to know if anyone had a good experience on getting one to contact us.
Joe DeJong
845 787 3960

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