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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


Dec 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 13, 2017 JoAnn Evans
Dec 12, 2017 Wendy Derner
Dec 9, 2017 Irene Gratacos
Dec 4, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 4, 2017 Denise Moore Please include service dogs for veteran's with PTSD
Dec 3, 2017 Rebecca Harper
Nov 27, 2017 Edwin Rodriguez
Nov 23, 2017 Jodi Ford
Nov 22, 2017 Kristel Soles
Nov 22, 2017 Trisha Soles The veterans have done so much for their country, just give them a service dog already. Honestly is it too much to ask? Answer no it's not!
Nov 22, 2017 Edward Brannigan
Nov 22, 2017 Karen Perry
Nov 22, 2017 Marguerite Panzica
Nov 21, 2017 Stephanie Reed
Nov 21, 2017 janet phail-droege
Nov 21, 2017 Kathy Sutter this is a win-win for both veterans & dogs
Nov 20, 2017 sharon GOODING
Nov 19, 2017 Gen Agustsson
Nov 19, 2017 Gisele PENA
Nov 18, 2017 Emma Brooks
Nov 18, 2017 Stacey Govito
Nov 18, 2017 Patty Brothag
Nov 17, 2017 Sheryl Precopia
Nov 17, 2017 Anna Maria Sergi
Nov 17, 2017 Jeanette Desmond
Nov 16, 2017 Nancy Rooney
Nov 16, 2017 Toni Ostroskie
Nov 16, 2017 Glenda Valle
Nov 16, 2017 Janis Ciofalo
Nov 16, 2017 dolores kitney
Nov 16, 2017 Tammy Swoboda
Nov 16, 2017 Gillian Shults
Nov 16, 2017 Patti Mealy
Nov 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 16, 2017 Andreas Papapanagiotou
Nov 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 16, 2017 Gina Arens
Nov 16, 2017 Rick Vaccaro PLEASE HELP ........
Nov 16, 2017 Joanne McClelland
Nov 16, 2017 Karen Moore
Nov 15, 2017 Jeannie Larson
Nov 15, 2017 Isabel Sobral
Nov 15, 2017 karen pepe
Nov 15, 2017 sheila gilbert
Nov 14, 2017 Kaitlin McGonigle
Nov 14, 2017 Karen Moore
Nov 14, 2017 valery allison
Nov 14, 2017 Misti Lee
Nov 14, 2017 Tracy Wood

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