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Statement on Universal K-9

AUSTIN – Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) has been informed that a search warrant was executed at the Universal K-9 training facility in San Antonio, Texas, which is being investigated by multiple federal agencies to include the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of the Inspector General.

TVC’s Veterans Education Department serves as the State Approving Agency (SAA) and approves programs of education for veterans and eligible family members to utilize VA education benefits.  As the SAA, TVC withdrew Universal K-9’s approval to train eligible persons using VA education benefits for its Canine Handler, Detection and Patrol, and K-9 Trainer/Instructor Programs.

TVC is currently in the process of identifying student veterans impacted by this closure and identifying their needs.  Current students will be contacted by the VA with information regarding benefit payments.

Recent media publications[1] have referenced financial contributions made by “the Veterans Commission of Austin” to Universal K-9.  However, TVC has not made or provided any financial support or contributions to Universal K-9, nor is it aware of the organization mentioned in the media.

At this time the Universal K-9 is not operating or conducting any classes at its training facilities.  Inquiries may be sent to the Director of Veterans Education at info_education@tvc.texas.gov.  Students with questions regarding their GI Bill® benefits may contact the VA directly at 1-888-442-4551.


[1] Contreras and Danner:  Aug 9, 2018.  Northwest Side school that trains veterans on dog-handling raided.  MySA:  https://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/FBI-IRS-searching-residential-area-on-San-13140772.php.  (Updated 7:40 am CDT, Thursday, August 9, 2018).

   Contreras and Danner.  Aug 8, 2018.  ACS removes 27 dogs at San Antonio dog training facility raided by the FBI, IRS.  MyUSA.  https://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/FBI-IRS-searching-residential-area-on-San-13140772.php.  (updated 3:12 pm CDT; Wednesday, August 8, 2018).

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