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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


Feb 26, 2017 Beatrice Petrella Veteran's deserve our support and they deserve to receive the best medical care.
Feb 26, 2017 J M For God's sake, give them the help they need. That's the least you can do for the one's who Served you Country. They'd be 1st on my list!
Feb 25, 2017 Cecelia Brewer This is imperative to help our Veterines
Feb 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 25, 2017 Kelsey Brewer
Feb 25, 2017 Fernanda Coelho
Feb 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 25, 2017 Kim Randolph
Feb 24, 2017 Lori Carter
Feb 23, 2017 Melissa Copen We need coverage for any troop that needs service dogs covered.
Feb 23, 2017 Lynne Grissett Animals are great therapy. Everyone and every creature needs to be cared for. Vets and animals are a great and worthwhile combination!
Feb 21, 2017 Todd Young Please give them a chance with a service dog!
Feb 21, 2017 Sue P Please consider this !!
Feb 21, 2017 Karen Themelis
Feb 21, 2017 Susan Martin
Feb 20, 2017 Lynn Cruze
Feb 20, 2017 Charles Muehlhof
Feb 20, 2017 Lisa Margraf
Feb 19, 2017 Ravinder Singh
Feb 19, 2017 Brenda Williams
Feb 18, 2017 sophie meyer
Feb 17, 2017 Sabrina Renault
Feb 16, 2017 M Kent
Feb 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 15, 2017 Virgil Pauls
Feb 13, 2017 Peg Gardner
Feb 13, 2017 Carol Hawley
Feb 13, 2017 Molly Moriarty
Feb 13, 2017 jackie grey
Feb 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 12, 2017 Jane Gilmore
Feb 12, 2017 Twila Heckler
Feb 12, 2017 Beverly Slater
Feb 12, 2017 Jane Callahan
Feb 12, 2017 sharon belson
Feb 12, 2017 Michalla Sutton
Feb 12, 2017 Jeanette Ambrose I can not imagine this isn't already a done deal....
Feb 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 12, 2017 john wilson
Feb 12, 2017 Andrew stanaway
Feb 12, 2017 julie wilson
Feb 10, 2017 Allen Fisher
Feb 10, 2017 (Name not displayed) I have seen the difference a dog can make for those who suffer with PTSD, they should be covered in the same manner as another type of service dog.
Feb 10, 2017 (Name not displayed) Service dogs are great to help anxiety and depression.
Feb 10, 2017 Angel Roush Vets should be allowed to have animals for any condition needed. They are very therapeutic.
Feb 10, 2017 Ronald Klingensmith
Feb 10, 2017 Ann Marston Let's get out of the dark ages where PTSD was not even recognized!
Feb 10, 2017 Maria Mangum If a soldier requires a pcs'd dog, they should receive one, no questions asked!
Feb 10, 2017 DONNA THOMAS There are hundreds of stories on the internet showing how dogs do help soldiers with PTSD. There are numerous programs where shelter dogs are matched with PTSD sufferers with much success.
Feb 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)

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