How It Works

Who Is Eligible?

You are eligible if you meet the following conditions:

  • You served our country in the U.S. Military, Law Enforcement, Fire Services or Emergency Medical Services, and Gold Star Families.
  • You now suffer from mobility impairment, traumatic brain injury (TBI), or a clinical diagnosis of a psychiatric impairment, including PTSD
  • You reside within a 200 mile radius of Clarksville, Indiana

Required Documents

To apply for an assistant dog from Dogs Helping Heroes, you must submit the following forms, all of which are included within the application:

Additional Requirements

  • For applicants with military service: veterans must submit a copy of DD214 with separation code; active duty personnel need an Enlisted Record Brief with Social Security number removed
  • For members of the Police Department, Fire Department or EMS, a letter from your commander confirming service
  • For Gold Star families a copy of the DD1300 for your relevant family member that has sensitive information like social security numbers and addresses redacted; or (ii) a letter from an organization like Survivor Services Outreach that is sponsored by the Department of Defense and confirms your eligibility as a Gold Star family member
  • A copy of your driver’s license
  • Proof of income (e.g., pay stub, letter from employer, Social Security statement, bank statement, etc.)

Please submit your application using one of the options below:

Mail completed application to:
Dogs Helping Heroes, Inc.
P.O. Box 2126
Clarksville, Indiana 47131

Scan and email completed application to:

    Upload your application:

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    What Happens Next?

    Our Applicant Review Committee evaluates your completed applicant package to determine if you meet the requirements. Due to the limited number of dogs, satisfaction of all requirements does not guarantee that you will be provided with an assistance dog. While Dogs Helping Heroes does its best to meet the needs of qualified applicants, please understand that due to the overwhelming need for assistance dogs, awarding one of our assistance dogs is a competitive process, and we seek the best possible situation for our dogs.