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District of Columbia

State and Community Programs and Services

Washington Waterfront Association

Private Washington, DC, businesses organize and host events throughout the year for military personnel including Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner cruises on a charter river boat that sails on the Potomac River. Invitees are primarily from Washington D.C. area military installations including Wounded Warriors from Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and members from the Armed Forces Retirement Home.

Humane Society Dog Tags

The D.C. Humane Society Dog Tags program brings together wounded Soldiers recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center with homeless dogs. The innovative three-tiered program teaches Soldiers the basics of dog training, with a certificate based educational curriculum that gives them the opportunity to pursue a future career in the field of animal training, care, and welfare. In the process of gaining skills for themselves, the Soldiers provide the homeless animals with training, socialization, and love which increases their adoption rate and retention. For more information visit

Pets 2 Vets (P2V)

P2V provides our nationAca,!a,,cs heroes with accessible, cost-effective animal assisted activities (animal companionship) as they pursue rehabilitative and therapeutic care from their healthcare providers in the Washington D.C. and New York City area. For more information visit

Military Spouse Residency Relief Act

On November 11, 2009, the President signed into law the Military Spouse Residency Relief Act. This Act, among other things, provides that when a service member leaves his or her home State in accord with military or naval orders, the service member's spouse may retain residency in his or her home State for voting and tax purposes, after relocating from that State to accompany the service member. In the District of Columbia an exemption from District withholding tax may be claimed if an employeeAca,!a,,cs spouse is a member of the US Armed Services and their state of legal residence is not the District of Columbia. For more information visit