Skip navigation

no spam, unsubscribe anytime.
Skip navigation
Goal: 45,000 Progress: 11,661
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!

Sign Here






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


Apr 21, 2017 Tarene Keegan 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!
Apr 20, 2017 josé Dias
Apr 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 18, 2017 Jennifer Hatch
Apr 18, 2017 Iona Valent
Apr 18, 2017 Victoria Lynn Clouse I have PTSD and I KNOW dogs are efficacious for treatment of this disorder! Thank goodness I don't have to rely on our government for help. HOWEVER our Service People should be given every opportunity to recover and they should NOT have to beg for it!!!
Apr 17, 2017 Harpreet kaur
Apr 16, 2017 Stephen Moyer
Apr 13, 2017 Tina Jager
Apr 12, 2017 carlos otero
Apr 12, 2017 Martha Cottle
Apr 11, 2017 Laura Vanesa García
Apr 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 10, 2017 Luis Arevalo
Apr 9, 2017 Melissa Hathaway
Apr 9, 2017 Ms. Carla Compton, Activist/Advocate/Human
Apr 9, 2017 R Belkin
Apr 9, 2017 cheryl ann burns
Apr 9, 2017 Craig Clere
Apr 9, 2017 Maryam Faresh
Apr 9, 2017 Donna DeBroux
Apr 9, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 9, 2017 Linda Schwartz
Apr 9, 2017 Sharon Porter
Apr 9, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 9, 2017 Marion Jurchen
Apr 8, 2017 Jamie Fischer
Apr 6, 2017 ROSE BANKS
Apr 5, 2017 Debra Wilson Please change this for our veterans. Anyone who has ever owned an animal and loved it and felt it's unconditional love will know how vital this can be to someone suffering and in need.
Apr 2, 2017 Jennifer Banta
Mar 31, 2017 marie jardin
Mar 28, 2017 Shelley Dorgan
Mar 28, 2017 Marsha Ross
Mar 28, 2017 Tori Dawson
Mar 28, 2017 Sharon Wallace
Mar 27, 2017 Katherine Wallace dDont Don't our service men and women deserve the best treatment possible? Then back them up and help them get the dogs they need.
Mar 27, 2017 Silva Kruzic
Mar 27, 2017 Lisa King
Mar 27, 2017 Merle Weyant
Mar 27, 2017 Susan Fisher
Mar 27, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 24, 2017 Dorothy Milligan
Mar 20, 2017 PJ Chambers It is a known fact that PTSD sufferers are helped by service animals. DO IT!
Mar 19, 2017 Jodie Richers
Mar 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 19, 2017 sarah morelli
Mar 19, 2017 Sibrina Russell
Mar 18, 2017 Randy Dickson
Mar 18, 2017 Tracy Maholland Our dog has changed my husband's life. He's not an "official" service dog, but he's doing exactly that. It's truly amazing the difference he has made in my husband's life.
Mar 15, 2017 barbara diaz DOGS ARE THERAPEUTIC. AS LONG AS VETERANS ARE ABLE TO CARE FOR DOGS THIS IS AN ASSET TO THEIR LIVES.

back to top

Mystic Charm Sleeveless Tunic
Floral Symphony Travel Mug
Share this page and help fund more meals: