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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


Jun 28, 2017 Maribeth Schmidt I strongly support the use of dogs to assist our military with PTSD
Jun 28, 2017 MaryCaroline Shown
Jun 28, 2017 l r
Jun 28, 2017 Jan Jost I have seen firsthand how effective these dogs are--please pass this bill!!
Jun 28, 2017 Lin Campbell Please support the program to give these Vets service dogs. They have paid the price and it's time to give them what they need for better mental health.
Jun 27, 2017 Marie Hill
Jun 27, 2017 Sylvia Castle
Jun 27, 2017 kelly foss we must help the mental illness of ptsd. just because the symptoms aren't always visible, we must respect the needs of the ptsd victim. the dogs are priceless.
Jun 27, 2017 (Name not displayed) I support. Strong believer in the animal/human bond!
Jun 27, 2017 Mariya Starichenok
Jun 27, 2017 Alan Dion It's time to give our service members the full support and care they deserve.
Jun 27, 2017 joan Valva
Jun 27, 2017 Jamie Lollar
Jun 27, 2017 Carla J Thompson
Jun 27, 2017 Jody Garza
Jun 27, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 27, 2017 Denise Cummings Come on VA...now is the time to prove to the world that you DO stand for the VETS...with all the negatives about the VA now out in the public...let's have a POSITIVE...
Jun 27, 2017 Chloé Espinasse
Jun 27, 2017 Thomas Giffin we need to support our troops in any way possible
Jun 27, 2017 Joanne Hill
Jun 27, 2017 bernice boshoff
Jun 26, 2017 Linda Stanley If this program saves one veteran, I would call it a great success
Jun 26, 2017 Judith King
Jun 26, 2017 Melissa Dean My untrained dogs help with my symptoms, so I can only imagine how much a trained PTSD service dog would help me. I don't want to be medicated for the rest of my life!
Jun 26, 2017 Lynn Beck
Jun 26, 2017 Catherine Hess
Jun 26, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 26, 2017 Stacy Harris
Jun 26, 2017 deb dumler i can say after my brother just had a dog he seemed more calm also. so a service dog for veterans is a good thing.
Jun 26, 2017 Lorraine Mallon Our veterans deserve to have any and all forms of therapy available to them - even dogs. Service animas have proven to be successful in treating emotional health issues.
Jun 26, 2017 Camille Drinan Any assistance for our veterans is necessary and properly trained service dogs are a must.
Jun 26, 2017 Pamela Dugan
Jun 26, 2017 Judy Norcini
Jun 26, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 26, 2017 (Name not displayed) Definitely a win-win situation.
Jun 26, 2017 gwen Leach
Jun 26, 2017 D L Bostaph Service dogs help all kinds of people, so why not help our Vets with PTSD also. After all we ask them to put their lives on the line. It's time we gave to our Vets, instead of always taking away benefits.
Jun 26, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 26, 2017 Hope Gmyrek
Jun 26, 2017 Art Bensen
Jun 26, 2017 (Name not displayed) Change the Veteran Service Dog Program to cover service dogs for any troop that needs one please.
Jun 26, 2017 Samuel J. Venturo
Jun 26, 2017 Joan Bishop To need and be needed is a crucial element in anyone's life.
Jun 26, 2017 Dora Pingel Our Brave veterans need this. Let's get this passed!
Jun 26, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 26, 2017 Mary Thayer
Jun 26, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 26, 2017 Diane Fogarty
Jun 26, 2017 Ellen Easum
Jun 26, 2017 (Name not displayed)

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