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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!

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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


Jan 18, 2018 Lynn Laupheimer
Jan 18, 2018 Carmen Rodriguez
Jan 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 18, 2018 Teri Kelly
Jan 18, 2018 Carmen Rodriguez
Jan 18, 2018 Deni Davis
Jan 18, 2018 Stephanie Vorse
Jan 18, 2018 Alecia Oakley
Jan 18, 2018 nathalie fromont
Jan 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 18, 2018 Bettina Lorenz
Jan 18, 2018 Sandy Bagley
Jan 18, 2018 Yolanda Hershey
Jan 18, 2018 Kevin Dahl
Jan 18, 2018 James O'Keefe Money spent to provide a vet (all vets who want one) with a service dog is an expenditure all Americans wholeheartedly support. Make it a priority. Our vets need us and it's time we step up to the plate and hit it out of the park.
Jan 18, 2018 Susan Piaggio Vets have given us their all. It's time to return that sacrifice by allowing all vets access to service dogs. Please, see that that happens. Thank you.
Jan 18, 2018 Anita Hoos
Jan 18, 2018 JOHN RUDOLPH
Jan 17, 2018 Teresa Crosby Dogs can be a huge help to people suffering from depression and a number of mental and physical illnesses. Make this simple change to help our veterans. You know the ones that put their lives on the line for us!
Jan 16, 2018 Heather Pelletier I can't believe this is even an argument...animals, especially dogs, are the best form of therapy for anyone, let alone PTSD sufferers. This is a NO BRAINER, and they should pay attention!!!!
Jan 16, 2018 Carol Pacelli
Jan 16, 2018 cathy mitchamore
Jan 16, 2018 Lyssa Twomey All the brave men, women AND animals who risk their lives to protect us deserve to be treated much better then they are. The government needs to step up and take care of all of God's creatures that risk their lives for ALL of us/this country.
Jan 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 15, 2018 e t
Jan 14, 2018 Barbara Logan
Jan 14, 2018 Cinzia Moore
Jan 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 14, 2018 Sheila Todd
Jan 14, 2018 Janice Brooks
Jan 14, 2018 Vicky Palmerton
Jan 14, 2018 Donna Selquist
Jan 14, 2018 Beverly Brzycki Animals are very therapeutic. You can share your deepest secrets with them & they'll never tell.
Jan 14, 2018 Rita McMahon
Jan 14, 2018 Peggy Koch
Jan 14, 2018 Angela Radaker
Jan 13, 2018 Diana Taype Veterans with PTSD really need service dogs.I suffer from PTSD and depression would love a companion to help with these,and loneliness.
Jan 13, 2018 Regina Sinclair I really hope that you can get this passed. I watched a show, (I believe it was on AMC) about a vet and his wife that had a company that trained the animals with the vets and how helpful it was. I definitely can see how great this would be.
Jan 13, 2018 Judith Zarin
Jan 12, 2018 (Name not displayed) Dogs are very helpful for those who suffer from psychiatric conditions including PTSD.
Jan 12, 2018 Alicja Bożek
Jan 12, 2018 Jennifer Johnson
Jan 12, 2018 Edgar Locklear
Jan 11, 2018 kim wilbur
Jan 11, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 11, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 11, 2018 DEE HOUSE
Jan 11, 2018 Paula Keenum
Jan 11, 2018 Grace Strong

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