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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,

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May 20, 2018 Rhonda Spaulding
May 19, 2018 Lauren Berger
May 19, 2018 Kelly McPherson
May 18, 2018 Alice Angelica
May 18, 2018 Sherry Mills
May 18, 2018 Heather Lyba
May 18, 2018 Doradean Correia
May 18, 2018 Kim Korellis
May 18, 2018 Lynn Walker
May 18, 2018 Kellie Miller
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May 18, 2018 Donna Selquist
May 17, 2018 Lilian Hamburguer
May 17, 2018 KATHLEEN TENNYSON
May 17, 2018 Megan Burkholder
May 17, 2018 Cristina Carvalho
May 16, 2018 Dorothy Chandler
May 16, 2018 Penny Duke
May 16, 2018 Bonnie Claggett
May 16, 2018 Susan Prince
May 16, 2018 Viktoriya Chukhnina
May 15, 2018 Lindsey Winters
May 15, 2018 Sara Vilhena
May 15, 2018 Lisa Garbarino
May 15, 2018 Erika Howards
May 15, 2018 Lori Colon
May 15, 2018 Monica La Marfa
May 15, 2018 Axa Tolonen
May 15, 2018 Jeanette Stewart
May 15, 2018 Cheryl Craven
May 15, 2018 Erika Zemmol
May 15, 2018 Barbara McNeil
May 14, 2018 Anne Havard
May 14, 2018 jocelyne coenart
May 13, 2018 Tina Wasielewski
May 7, 2018 Gail Steinberg
May 7, 2018 Tamara Miller
May 7, 2018 jennifer pies
May 5, 2018 Patricia Walker
May 4, 2018 Aimee Zapara
May 3, 2018 Rob Dexter
May 2, 2018 Peaches Weed
May 2, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 30, 2018 Angelika Kasey Ah yes. In the greatest country in the world. We have to be their VOICE. Please SPEAK up. The US ignores those in many ways that have served their country. Many dogs in shelters can be trained as service dogs. This helps the veteran and the rescue world.
Apr 30, 2018 Kelly Fitzgerald
Apr 29, 2018 M. Estella
Apr 29, 2018 Susan Jean Dombrowski
Apr 29, 2018 Janet Neihart
Apr 27, 2018 Lynne Shriber
Apr 26, 2018 Patricia Compton

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