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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


Feb 23, 2018 Cynthia Marzett
Feb 23, 2018 Mary Aktimur
Feb 23, 2018 Rebecca Clark
Feb 22, 2018 Andrey Yushchenko
Feb 22, 2018 Laurie Kehl You promise Veterans one thing and do another! Our Veterans deserve the best! Cut the Political Crap and Keep Your Promises!
Feb 21, 2018 Jessica Morrow
Feb 20, 2018 gillard claudine
Feb 20, 2018 Sarah Mallows
Feb 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 19, 2018 Kathy Aprile
Feb 19, 2018 Richard Rheder
Feb 18, 2018 Wanda Anthony
Feb 18, 2018 Lynne Burnell
Feb 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 16, 2018 Alaine Kaidash Step up into this time frame! Not the 60s when you ignored vets, not the vets from the ww.. NOW.. anything that can make a vets life better is the RIGHT thing todo and what can give more love than a dog you guys will wind up doin the fighting!!!t
Feb 15, 2018 maria lopez
Feb 15, 2018 Alexandra Smith
Feb 14, 2018 Rebecca Burnett
Feb 14, 2018 Jerri miller
Feb 13, 2018 Anne Prost
Feb 13, 2018 Kumiko Houston
Feb 12, 2018 mary blanford
Feb 12, 2018 sherry mainquist
Feb 11, 2018 Michael Collier
Feb 11, 2018 Steve Conrad
Feb 11, 2018 Julie Haugen
Feb 10, 2018 Nalini Persad
Feb 10, 2018 Linda M
Feb 10, 2018 Lynne Minore
Feb 9, 2018 Kathryn Gallagher
Feb 8, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 8, 2018 Sandra Just
Feb 7, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 7, 2018 Jermaine Ammari
Feb 7, 2018 Patrina Van Sky Please cover ALL service dogs! The service dogs for emotional support are just as important! Service dogs for PTSD and other phychiatric conditions are proving to be so very effective! Please include them in the coverage under the service dog program!
Feb 5, 2018 Janice Banks
Feb 5, 2018 Sandra Dutcher
Feb 5, 2018 Dawn Longo
Feb 3, 2018 Linda Millar
Feb 3, 2018 Linda Chase
Feb 1, 2018 liz leon
Jan 31, 2018 Cassandra Johnson
Jan 31, 2018 Rhonda Lamm
Jan 31, 2018 Barbara Hauck
Jan 31, 2018 Dianne Chang
Jan 31, 2018 Hattie Stewart
Jan 31, 2018 Marilyn Barb
Jan 31, 2018 Brenda Cook
Jan 31, 2018 Genevieve Mammino
Jan 31, 2018 Miracle Kelly

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