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Sponsored by: The Veterans Site

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 find they are 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 11, 2017 A Martin
Dec 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 9, 2017 (Name not displayed) Anything to make their life at home easier is what we need to do
Dec 9, 2017 D L Fleetwood
Dec 9, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 9, 2017 (Name not displayed) Service animals are not just for physical disabilities. Mental health is important, too. Our veterans deserve better.
Dec 9, 2017 Carol Wellman
Dec 9, 2017 Candi Fultz
Dec 8, 2017 Jill DeSocio
Dec 7, 2017 Andrea Edelman
Dec 7, 2017 Bonnie Gallik
Dec 7, 2017 Cindy Stein
Dec 7, 2017 (Name not displayed) We have Veterans in need within our family and friends. Please include PTSD as a covered program for Service Animals.
Dec 7, 2017 Ken Stein
Dec 7, 2017 Jill Hann
Dec 3, 2017 Aric Sidell
Dec 3, 2017 Amber Lopez
Dec 2, 2017 debby Bell give our veteran`s what ever helps them get by. and dogs DO help
Dec 2, 2017 Bethany Meissner Our country needs to help people who need assistance, not give tax breaks to billionaires.
Nov 30, 2017 Lori Nightingale
Nov 28, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 26, 2017 Micki Courtoreille
Nov 25, 2017 kimberly maxey
Nov 25, 2017 RoxAnna Anthony
Nov 22, 2017 Beveryn Swaim
Nov 19, 2017 Iryna Andreychuk
Nov 18, 2017 sandra rus ortiz
Nov 17, 2017 Lesley Hudak
Nov 15, 2017 Sharon Saunders
Nov 15, 2017 Patti Wyatt
Nov 15, 2017 Tricia VAKKNEN-ROGERS
Nov 15, 2017 P Garbett
Nov 15, 2017 lecat Anne
Nov 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 14, 2017 marianne cresci
Nov 14, 2017 Aurora Barabancea
Nov 14, 2017 John Ingram
Nov 13, 2017 Gabriella fedra
Nov 13, 2017 Jen Stedman
Nov 12, 2017 Julie Allen
Nov 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 12, 2017 Gregory Brooks
Nov 12, 2017 Estee Klemick
Nov 12, 2017 RC Walker Cover service dogs!
Nov 12, 2017 Sara Valade
Nov 12, 2017 Jutta Scherkowsky
Nov 12, 2017 Ivan Zhyvolup
Nov 12, 2017 n Jackson
Nov 12, 2017 Phyllis Van Leuven

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