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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


Apr 24, 2018 Leslie Poms
Apr 24, 2018 Marcia Richardson
Apr 23, 2018 Sheri Raitz
Apr 23, 2018 Rita Willis
Apr 23, 2018 Bob Willis
Apr 23, 2018 Rose Hickford
Apr 23, 2018 Bob Hickford
Apr 23, 2018 Sandia Germenis
Apr 23, 2018 Elvira Pieszczoch
Apr 19, 2018 H. M. Sustaita
Apr 19, 2018 Marion Barbour
Apr 17, 2018 Betty Chan
Apr 17, 2018 Valerie Charbonneau
Apr 17, 2018 Annicka Chetty
Apr 15, 2018 Gina Lippa
Apr 15, 2018 Alma Anderson
Apr 15, 2018 Nicolette Stan
Apr 15, 2018 Jacqueline McGrath Curtis
Apr 14, 2018 Patti Wright
Apr 14, 2018 Jean Lambert
Apr 14, 2018 Nick Blythe
Apr 14, 2018 Donna Larschan
Apr 14, 2018 Carole Fraser
Apr 13, 2018 Barbara Ellis
Apr 13, 2018 Marie Horan
Apr 13, 2018 Jessica McCormick
Apr 13, 2018 Rebecca Lambert
Apr 13, 2018 (Name not displayed) Not a veteran but I know just how much my dog helps with my psychiatric conditions. Veterans should not be forced to suffer PTSD alone. Cover their dogs! They deserve help too!
Apr 13, 2018 Kathy Monaco
Apr 13, 2018 Kimberly Carignan
Apr 12, 2018 Donna Arnold
Apr 12, 2018 Tara Schuneman
Apr 11, 2018 Janie Anderson THIS SHOULD BE A NO BRAINER BUT JUST LIKE OUR F'D-UP GOVT
Apr 11, 2018 Ann Erbacher Grey
Apr 11, 2018 susan shawket
Apr 11, 2018 georgina italy
Apr 10, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 9, 2018 Marji Parrish
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Apr 9, 2018 JOIE Rake
Apr 8, 2018 Paula Berry
Apr 8, 2018 Margaret Cota
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Apr 8, 2018 Maryse SUZANNE
Apr 8, 2018 Cathleen Cascia
Apr 7, 2018 carol micek
Apr 7, 2018 Tanya Cain
Apr 7, 2018 Marie-Claire Starr
Apr 7, 2018 Rick Hodorowich
Apr 7, 2018 Wendy Springstead

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