Beginning in FY2015, Congress appropriated $1,000,000 for the WWSDP to fund a competitive grants program.
This program continues in FY2018 under the authority of the Defense Health Program, Operations & Maintenance, therapeutic service dog training program.
The Uniformed Services University
of the Health Sciences (USU) is authorized by 10 U.S.C.
2113(g)(1)(A) to make grants to any nonprofit entity.
Historically, USU has solicited grant applications from nonprofit institutions committed to connecting service dogs with service members and veterans.
USU obligated $1,000,000 in FY2015, $5,000,000 in FY2016, and $5,000,000 in FY2017 to carry out this program.
USU intends to award multiple, 12-month grants (subject to availability of funding) to eligible nonprofit organizations to continue this program in FY201 8.