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In 2014, the VA announced the U.S. Veteran Service Dog Program which was intended to allow U.S. veterans with certified service dogs unlimited access to veterinary care.

Many veterans' groups initially cheered, but under greater scrutiny, the Program was revealed to be an incomplete, halfhearted measure.

Why? Because it doesn't cover service dogs for psychiatric conditions, including PTSD.

The VA's U.S. Veteran Service Dog Program covers the cost of service dogs only in cases of physical disability. Dogs for mobility, hearing, or sight are covered, but psychiatric issues like PTSD are not. The VA claims that there is not enough evidence to show that the dogs were efficacious despite countless studies to the contrary.

Countless studies disagree with the VA. The Use of Psychiatric Service Dogs in the Treatment of Veterans with PTSD, a study conducted by Craig Love Ph.D. in 2009 found that 82% of those with a PTSD diagnosis reported symptom reduction after partnership with a service dog, and another 40% reported that their use of medication decreased. Other studies have found PTSD service dogs can lessen a veteran's perception of physical pain, decrease agitation and aggression, increase social interaction and ability to manage daily living, lower blood pressure and heart rate, decrease loneliness, and ease anxiety or depression.

Clearly, service dogs for PTSD can be part of an effective treatment which improves the quality of veterans' lives, which is why the VA MUST cover the cost of service dogs for psychiatric conditions.

Not all wounds are visible. Tell the VA to change the U.S. Veteran Service Dog Program to cover service dogs for any troop that needs one!

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To the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs,

I am writing as a concerned citizen to you on behalf of the thousands of veterans who return home suffering from PTSD. I hope we can both agree that it is vital for the country to do all it can to assist struggling vets.

In 2014, the VA announced the U.S. Veteran Service Dog Program which was intended to allow U.S. veterans with certified service dogs unlimited access to veterinary care. Many veterans' groups cheered, but under greater scrutiny, the Program was revealed to be an incomplete, halfhearted measure.

Why? Because it doesn't cover service dogs for psychiatric conditions, including PTSD.

The VA claims that there is not enough evidence to show that the dogs were efficacious despite countless studies to the contrary.

Countless studies disagree with the VA. The Use of Psychiatric Service Dogs in the Treatment of Veterans with PTSD, a study conducted by Craig Love Ph.D. in 2009 found that 82% of those with a PTSD diagnosis reported symptom reduction after partnership with a service dog, and another 40% reported that their use of medication decreased. Other studies have found PTSD service dogs can lessen a veteran's perception of physical pain, decrease agitation and aggression, increase social interaction and ability to manage daily living, lower blood pressure and heart rate, decrease loneliness, and ease anxiety or depression.

Clearly, service dogs for PTSD can be part of an effective treatment which improves the quality of veterans' lives, which is why the VA MUST cover the cost of service dogs for psychiatric conditions.

Not all wounds are visible. Please, help our veterans cope with PTSD by covering their costs for service dogs. The studies that prove their effectiveness are there. The lives of thousands of veterans in need of help depend on you.

Thank you,

Petition Signatures


Oct 20, 2017 Monica Preis
Oct 20, 2017 Allyson McPhaul
Oct 19, 2017 Stephanie Embrey
Oct 19, 2017 Vanessa Montoya
Oct 19, 2017 Rebecca Gurley
Oct 19, 2017 Winifred Boyd
Oct 19, 2017 Kimberly Boden
Oct 19, 2017 Gloria Resa
Oct 19, 2017 Stacy Schermerhorn
Oct 19, 2017 Deborah Croft
Oct 19, 2017 Dean OBrien
Oct 19, 2017 Dawn Wait
Oct 19, 2017 Jen Houston
Oct 19, 2017 Ellen Prior
Oct 19, 2017 Audrey Morgan
Oct 19, 2017 David ortiz
Oct 19, 2017 Lisa Lolley
Oct 18, 2017 dana newsom
Oct 17, 2017 robert dowling
Oct 16, 2017 Judy Genereux
Oct 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 16, 2017 Lisa Starr
Oct 16, 2017 Josh Goldberg
Oct 16, 2017 LORI MCCAULIFF These animals are just as important or even more so than drugs Cover their cost!
Oct 15, 2017 Denise Smyder
Oct 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 15, 2017 Kathryn Duke
Oct 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 14, 2017 Karl-Heinz Braun
Oct 13, 2017 Margy Renner
Oct 13, 2017 Sandra C Veterans, and their service dogs, both need each other and deserve every resource to overcome their PTSD. Drugs and ostracization obviously aren't the only answer to either group. Our people deserve this to (amongst other things) to ease their trauma.
Oct 13, 2017 Krystal Burroughs
Oct 13, 2017 Marion Weston
Oct 13, 2017 Ardena Ransom
Oct 12, 2017 andree luron
Oct 11, 2017 Karen Wagner
Oct 11, 2017 Eleonora De Giorgio
Oct 10, 2017 Debra Hammon
Oct 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 10, 2017 Roberta Cahill
Oct 10, 2017 Richard Han
Oct 10, 2017 LynneMarie Olson
Oct 10, 2017 Janet Davis
Oct 10, 2017 John Botts
Oct 10, 2017 veronique Charvet
Oct 10, 2017 Janis Higgins
Oct 10, 2017 Lynne Doyle
Oct 10, 2017 Michelle Ochs
Oct 9, 2017 Theresa Crovello
Oct 8, 2017 Morgan Bono

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