Fallen Soldiers March – Hampton Roads

Our Mission & Vision

Our Mission & Vision

Vision Statement

The Fallen Soldiers March™ is a non-profit organization that provides highly trained & skilled Service Dogs to Wounded Veterans™; seeking the participation of our communities to donate time and resources to honor the sacrifices endured by our Fallen Soldiers, Veterans and Active Duty Armed Forces.

Our vision statement above was based on the following:

  1. The price of a Service Dog ranges between $15,000 to $30,000+
  2. VHA Final Ruling for Issuing Service Dogs – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) amends its regulations concerning veterans in need of service dogs. Under this final rule, VA will provide to veterans with visual, hearing, or mobility impairments benefits to support the use of a service dog as part of the management of such impairments. The benefits include assistance with veterinary care, travel benefits associated with obtaining and training a dog, and the provision, maintenance, and replacement of hardware required for the dog to perform the tasks necessary to assist such veterans.  This ruling specifically excludes service dogs provided for “invisible wounds” including PTSD [Click here for report]”  1
  3. The Veterans Administration has adopted rules that will not cover the cost of dogs assigned for mental disabilities like post-traumatic stress disorder, according to new federal regulations. Many dogs provide daily support to veterans suffering from mental disorders such as PTSD, but although the number of veterans being diagnosed with the anxiety disorder increases every year, the VA says there’s not enough evidence that these dogs help with “invisible injuries” associated with combat-related activity. A new Army policy has already made it more difficult for soldiers to obtain service dogs and keep them on Army bases.  2
  4. 250,000 of the approximately fifty-five million people with disabilities in the US, have hearing, sight or an invisible condition that could be helped by using service dogs such as seizure, PTSD, physical and neurological disorders.”  3
  5. To date only 20,000 Service Dog Teams are estimated to be in daily use.   Roughly 3,000 Service Dog teams from all schools & trainers, nationwide, graduate every year.  Dogs serve about 10 years before needing replaced, reducing the number available for new candidates.”  3
  6. There is a huge demand for well-trained service dogs, as shown by the long wait lists from other schools.”  3
  7. The people looking for service dogs often spend years following paper trails and sitting on waiting lists only to be denied.  Most service dog providers have multiple year waiting lists and restrictive eligibility criteria.”  3

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