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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


Sep 22, 2017 Carol Kelling
Sep 22, 2017 Sherrill Barbary
Sep 22, 2017 Lee Blevins
Sep 21, 2017 Richard Han
Sep 21, 2017 anne marks theyt are solders too and have the right to medical he4lp too other wise dont use them, same as officer dogs
Sep 21, 2017 Arline Hoskinson
Sep 21, 2017 Tammy Smith
Sep 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 20, 2017 Kathleen Dingfield My husband really could use a service dog...but it is not affordable to buy one...he suffers from PTSD..I met him in 1982...tyvm
Sep 20, 2017 (Name not displayed) I am in need of a service dog for PTSD from Vietnam...67-68! But I cannot afford a service dog! It's so disappointing for someone in need of a service dog!😢
Sep 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 20, 2017 Charlotte Cowan
Sep 20, 2017 Cynthia Cotter
Sep 20, 2017 laura montalvo
Sep 19, 2017 Ruthann Hilland
Sep 16, 2017 Linda Stanfill
Sep 15, 2017 Wayne Swan Mr. President, I Have Been DIAGNOSED With PTSD However They Claim I DON"T QUALIFY For The DOG Due To NO DOGS ARE TRAINED and AVAILABLE?
Sep 15, 2017 lynne potts
Sep 13, 2017 Anna Krohn
Sep 13, 2017 Denise Griffin
Sep 12, 2017 (Name not displayed) Please change the program to cover dogs for any soldier who needs one!
Sep 11, 2017 Juan Garces
Sep 11, 2017 BERYL Gundy
Sep 11, 2017 (Name not displayed) Our veterans can be and deserve to be supported by man's best friend!
Sep 10, 2017 Liz Gooch
Sep 10, 2017 Julie Dougherty Dogs are a necessity to those suffering from PTSD.
Sep 10, 2017 Debbie Ramsay
Sep 8, 2017 Caroline Bird
Sep 5, 2017 Ashley Waller
Aug 30, 2017 Nadia Mousa
Aug 28, 2017 DOROTHY RODEL
Aug 26, 2017 k g
Aug 26, 2017 sofia tsiamouri
Aug 26, 2017 Gil Hackel
Aug 26, 2017 Elvira Antibo
Aug 18, 2017 Mary Ware
Aug 18, 2017 Yolanda Aguilar
Aug 18, 2017 Mary Sier
Aug 18, 2017 Jennifer Beaulieu
Aug 18, 2017 Mary Manner
Aug 18, 2017 Michael Seifert
Aug 16, 2017 Terry Lowe
Aug 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 16, 2017 Alanna Reuben
Aug 16, 2017 Laura Gipperich
Aug 15, 2017 Rhonda Carsten
Aug 15, 2017 Marga Gili
Aug 14, 2017 Anuj Sen
Aug 14, 2017 Zaira De Bonis
Aug 14, 2017 ANTOINETTE GONZALES

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