Skip navigation

no spam, unsubscribe anytime.
Skip navigation
Goal: 45,000 Progress: 19,066
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


Oct 19, 2017 Victoria Weller PTSD is as debilitating as any physical wound.
Oct 19, 2017 Debra Dyjak a handicap is a handicap. help ALL not a few
Oct 19, 2017 Samantha Honowitz
Oct 19, 2017 Christine Marasco
Oct 19, 2017 Terri Larson
Oct 19, 2017 Vivian Belsky
Oct 19, 2017 Bob Shanahan
Oct 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 19, 2017 Erma Lewis
Oct 19, 2017 TAMI BRODY
Oct 19, 2017 Gail Traylor
Oct 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 19, 2017 Barbara Mintz I find it shocking that the VA will not provide service dogs to veterans coping with PTSD or TBI when we know how effective these dogs are at helping them.
Oct 19, 2017 Maureen Allen FACTS SUCH AS ANIMAL STUDIES PROVE THAT DOGS CALM HUMANS AND COMFORT ALL OF US
Oct 19, 2017 Doris Reid They deserve all the help they need! They earned it!!!!!
Oct 19, 2017 Shaun Pursglove
Oct 19, 2017 Norma Scott
Oct 19, 2017 Arthur Sumrall
Oct 19, 2017 E Pearson
Oct 19, 2017 Lea Valerio Furry friends are the best forms of medications & therapy. They do more for the heart than ever imaginable.
Oct 19, 2017 LORALEE COOLEY Although my dog is not a service dog....and I am not suffering from PTSD....I can vouch for the efficacy of the therapy a dog can provide for even "normal" people. Veterans deserve medical treatment for their dogs, to help them with their living.
Oct 19, 2017 Nicolette Cuoco
Oct 19, 2017 Judith Winters These veterans deserve all the help we can give them. Their injuries are as severe as physical injuries. We must stop the suicides.
Oct 19, 2017 Pam O'Hara
Oct 19, 2017 Susan Greco
Oct 19, 2017 Dione Slapnicker
Oct 19, 2017 irene misconi
Oct 15, 2017 Carol Howard I wish I could afford a service dog for my PTSD I have had since 10 years old. Our service people deserve to be given the best dogs to help them with this terrible suffering. I know. abuse. My whole life. They deserve these dogs. God is not pleased.
Oct 15, 2017 Annette Rivera
Oct 15, 2017 Deborah Moore
Oct 15, 2017 Géraldina Markli alonso
Oct 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 15, 2017 Nancy Rooney
Oct 15, 2017 Pat Churchman
Oct 15, 2017 Terry Tauriainen
Oct 14, 2017 marie charbonnier
Oct 13, 2017 Jean Sandor
Oct 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 11, 2017 (Name not displayed) Dogs can be a serious aid to PTSD sufferers. Please cover the cost of providing service dogs to the people who have done so much and given so much to all of us!
Oct 11, 2017 David Bott
Oct 8, 2017 Nina Carey
Oct 5, 2017 cavalucci marius
Oct 4, 2017 Ella McRae
Oct 4, 2017 Arnold Cabral Service Dogs for every Veterans who has PTSD
Oct 1, 2017 Patricia Poole Serice Dogs should be provided for any trop that needs one.
Oct 1, 2017 Lilly Lopez
Oct 1, 2017 Diane Venberg
Oct 1, 2017 Jenifer Webb
Sep 29, 2017 Maryanne Budetti
Sep 29, 2017 Chere Conner

back to top

Ombre Infinity Scarf
Northern Lights Knit Slippers
Share this page and help fund more meals: