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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


Apr 24, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 22, 2018 KATHLEEN TENNYSON
Apr 20, 2018 Anya Cehelsky
Apr 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 18, 2018 Alexia Zbinden-Leibzig
Apr 16, 2018 SUSAN BAILEY
Apr 15, 2018 Scott Schable
Apr 15, 2018 Marie-Christine FOURCAUT
Apr 14, 2018 Joan Kelly
Apr 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 13, 2018 Rory Ackroyd
Apr 13, 2018 Lisa Ackroyd
Apr 11, 2018 Terry Pollock PTSD should be recognized and the studies read that show the value of service dogs to ALL vets. Please VA pay for these dogs and the help they give our vets.
Apr 11, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 11, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 11, 2018 Mary Ann Fish HELP ALL OUR VETERANS!
Apr 10, 2018 Linda Hilton
Apr 10, 2018 Virginia Boehne
Apr 9, 2018 Amanda Webb
Apr 9, 2018 Karen Penn It’s a proven fact that service help people with PTSD. Our vets are in so much pain and denied services they need. They fought for us and our country...let’s fight for them! Give them the service dogs...
Apr 8, 2018 Gail Lefèvre An amazing way to save human and canine lives.
Apr 8, 2018 Barbara Tomlinson
Apr 6, 2018 thomas friedman
Apr 6, 2018 Jonathan Ludwig
Apr 6, 2018 C. Mary Corrado There's no excuse for any government to not value veterans enough to provide them service dogs for PTSD issues. There would be no freedom or government to serve if it were not for these heroes. Less personal gain and more appreciation for our service vets
Apr 5, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 5, 2018 Colleen Marone
Apr 5, 2018 Dorothy McGroarty
Apr 4, 2018 Victoria Finklea
Apr 3, 2018 charly oddo
Apr 2, 2018 Madison Daniels
Mar 30, 2018 Bill Vann As a PTSD sufferer, 70% Service connected, the best medicine for my PTSD has been my Shadow Lee. She's a black/chocolate Labrador Retriever. Since saving her 3 1/2 years ago, my life has become more relaxed, with a positive state of mind. Thank you.
Mar 30, 2018 Judy Foose
Mar 27, 2018 Eroica Rhodes
Mar 27, 2018 Joy Ward
Mar 26, 2018 Carey Turner
Mar 26, 2018 Heather Alexander
Mar 26, 2018 Karen Messina
Mar 26, 2018 Kathy Stoick 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. These vets are helped greatly by there dogs.
Mar 26, 2018 Bronwyn Marsh
Mar 25, 2018 Heather Kessler
Mar 25, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 25, 2018 CarolC Maindonald
Mar 25, 2018 Jan Simpson One of the best therapy's for PTSD is a therapy dog to help Veterans who suffer with PTSD. You need to give support to us Veterans by giving them a trained service/therapy dogs. The dogs deserve the best care with a veterinarian at no cost to the Veteran.
Mar 25, 2018 Jean Cherpak
Mar 24, 2018 Ann Crawford
Mar 24, 2018 Gudrun Dennis
Mar 24, 2018 Kelly Shanks
Mar 24, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 24, 2018 Mary Ann Jones

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