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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


Jul 19, 2018 Dorothy Jordan
Jul 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 19, 2018 Chantal Richardson-Swierz
Jul 19, 2018 Lani Reinhart This is a simple and empathetic service that the VA can implement by providing training and veterinary care for service dogs for veterans suffering from PTSD and other mental health issues.
Jul 19, 2018 Susan Rubin
Jul 19, 2018 Donna Channen
Jul 19, 2018 Annette Schaal Dogs can have GREAT healing powers with their unconditional love and comfort!
Jul 19, 2018 M T
Jul 19, 2018 Arlene Kinner PTSD is just as important to our vets as physical injuries. To be denied a service dog because one has PTSD is just plain stupid. Whoever was making up the requirements for a service dog, what were you using for a brain?.
Jul 19, 2018 Jane King
Jul 19, 2018 nonie harrington when are we going to start recognizing that our mental health is probably more important than our physical health. Time to start thinking new things.
Jul 19, 2018 Veronica Brikker Yes - not all wounds are visible but all hurt. To have a Dog on your site is a great help, This program should be approved.
Jul 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 19, 2018 R. MOREU
Jul 19, 2018 ARLEEN JENNINGS
Jul 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 19, 2018 Cheri Dougherty
Jul 19, 2018 nina palmieri
Jul 19, 2018 Christina Bernard
Jul 19, 2018 Roberta Sauer
Jul 19, 2018 Christine Maidl
Jul 19, 2018 Nanette Silva Not all injuries are physical. And just because you can't see an injury doesn't mean it doesn't exist. Animals are great healers and very in tune to their humans and bring great comfort and joy to their owners. It's the least we can do.
Jul 19, 2018 SHEILA MILLER Please help our Veterans! They have given so much for our country! A Service Dog should be available to to any and all.
Jul 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 19, 2018 Kimberley Clack
Jul 19, 2018 Brenda Dye
Jul 19, 2018 Patricia Magilton Give these veterans the support they need to help them with PTSD.
Jul 19, 2018 Shari Bradley Veterans' suicide rate is 22 per day. Service dogs can save lives.
Jul 19, 2018 Dalton Grady
Jul 19, 2018 Gayle Lynch
Jul 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 19, 2018 Angela Ramirez
Jul 19, 2018 Theresa STASIUKIEWICZ
Jul 19, 2018 Sandy Amador
Jul 19, 2018 vicki Perizzolo This should be a no brainer...vets are in need and dogs fit the bill!
Jul 19, 2018 Indee Brooke
Jul 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 19, 2018 Samantha Wilson
Jul 19, 2018 (Name not displayed) Service dogs should be made available for all. It is amazing what a dog can do for someone who is stressed and anxious. Please reconsider, because as you stated, not all wounds are visible.
Jul 19, 2018 Sharon Davis
Jul 19, 2018 Evelyne MIRASSOU
Jul 19, 2018 Jes Wilson
Jul 19, 2018 Pamela Timmerman
Jul 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 19, 2018 Carol Orr
Jul 19, 2018 Richard Jorgenson
Jul 19, 2018 Susan Ward
Jul 19, 2018 Jackie Maloof
Jul 19, 2018 Terri Ormond
Jul 19, 2018 (Name not displayed) With a son and 2 grandsons PTSD I know the need of service dogs.

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