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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 24, 2018 Stacy Harris
Feb 24, 2018 Deanna Copsey
Feb 24, 2018 Tina Kaspari
Feb 24, 2018 Cathy McDow
Feb 24, 2018 Melinda Davis
Feb 24, 2018 Natasha Amaral
Feb 24, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 24, 2018 Cindy Page
Feb 24, 2018 Patrick Cummings
Feb 24, 2018 Lori Kegler
Feb 24, 2018 Catherine Kokkinakis
Feb 24, 2018 Carol Fabitz
Feb 24, 2018 Christinne Westrich
Feb 24, 2018 Raymond Holder 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 (with service dogs).
Feb 24, 2018 Virgene Link-New Our veterans clinics should also have veterinarians.
Feb 24, 2018 Theresa Edwards
Feb 24, 2018 Flosshilda LaBrado
Feb 24, 2018 Bonnie Oliver
Feb 24, 2018 Kimberly Getchell
Feb 24, 2018 Claudia Garoutte
Feb 24, 2018 Sharon Ofenstein
Feb 24, 2018 Roland Thomas
Feb 24, 2018 Connie Ruger
Feb 24, 2018 Christine Faghihi
Feb 24, 2018 Jerri Gingrich
Feb 24, 2018 Linda Alwardt
Feb 24, 2018 Betty Thomas
Feb 24, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 24, 2018 Rhonda Bean
Feb 24, 2018 Lynn Goldberg
Feb 24, 2018 Mariynn Taylor
Feb 24, 2018 Dorothy Stenske
Feb 24, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 24, 2018 Sherry Kravitsky
Feb 24, 2018 kathleen michael
Feb 24, 2018 nora coyle
Feb 24, 2018 Luis Pagan
Feb 24, 2018 Cynthia Curtis
Feb 24, 2018 Terrance Douglas As a PTSD suffer I know that the dogs help relax me.
Feb 24, 2018 Dennis Wright
Feb 24, 2018 Katherine Kallas
Feb 24, 2018 Chris Leverich
Feb 24, 2018 Michelle Torres
Feb 24, 2018 Ruth Cassidy
Feb 24, 2018 Laura Scherry
Feb 24, 2018 Marjorie Sweet
Feb 24, 2018 DEB RUSSELL LETS DO THE RIGHT THING FOR THESE VETS!!
Feb 24, 2018 Janet Gahagan
Feb 24, 2018 Maria Nunes
Feb 24, 2018 Lynn Goldberg

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