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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 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


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.
Mar 13, 2017 Judith Miller
Mar 13, 2017 janice shannon
Mar 13, 2017 Avelina Pereira
Mar 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 13, 2017 lance bowling
Mar 13, 2017 Farrah Sutton Having seen 1st hand that dogs help serve men suffering with PTSD.I know the need to see more suffers get the help they need.Change the rules to include PTSD suffers!
Mar 13, 2017 Yvonne Autie Please allow all dogs to play their part in the treatment of veterans. Thank you
Mar 13, 2017 Renee Risser ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF HOW THE GOVERNMENT CARES NOTHING ABOUT OUR VETS AND THEIR STRUGGLES AFTER COMING HOME. GIVE SERVICE MEN DOGS TO HELP WITH THE TRAUMA OF WAR. WHY KEEP HELP FROM THEM?
Mar 12, 2017 Gini Squire We owe our veterans every possible relief from their suffering and its been proven Service Dogs help.
Mar 11, 2017 Patricia L. Ferich
Mar 11, 2017 (Name not displayed) Please support our vets! They risked everything for us now we need to support them
Mar 10, 2017 lisa Arnold
Mar 10, 2017 Debbie Luchka
Mar 7, 2017 C Martin
Mar 6, 2017 r Bais
Mar 6, 2017 Carmela Mazzariello
Mar 5, 2017 Michelle Cary
Mar 5, 2017 Ellena Pickerd
Mar 5, 2017 leslie shellberg
Mar 5, 2017 Heidi Weatherington Our veterans fought for our country and our freedom and now they need our help. They earned that help. They earned the respect that we should give them whatever care they need to help them live a quality life. Give them what they earned and need.
Mar 5, 2017 criss sledge
Mar 4, 2017 Sandra Chapman How totally sad, Animals play a huge part in the lives of people.
Mar 4, 2017 Lauren Hjelm
Mar 4, 2017 MIRELLA SANTI
Mar 3, 2017 Jessenda Swartzwelder
Mar 3, 2017 Charles Li
Mar 3, 2017 Paul Herbst
Mar 3, 2017 J.B. Picot
Mar 3, 2017 Rita Santos-Oyama
Mar 3, 2017 Shelly Rogers
Mar 3, 2017 Sonnia Alfonso
Mar 3, 2017 DeLisa Fields
Mar 3, 2017 Janet Schmidtlein
Mar 3, 2017 mary cerrone
Mar 3, 2017 geraldine Worley
Mar 3, 2017 Howard Cohen
Mar 3, 2017 Darleen Hogg This is a must. I have a friend who has a service dog for PTSD and without her his life would be much worse. Please do right by our Vets who suffer from PTSD and other mental health problems by providing these special dogs to them.
Mar 1, 2017 Bethany Barker Animals love whole heartedly without reservation and judgement. After the horrors our servicemen and women live through for us and our country how can we deny them that?
Feb 28, 2017 Theresa Crovello
Feb 27, 2017 Barbara Vieira
Feb 27, 2017 Ed Vieira

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