Skip navigation

no spam, unsubscribe anytime.
Skip navigation
Goal: 45,000 Progress: 22,978
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!

Sign Here






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


Jun 25, 2018 Emma Berlin
Jun 25, 2018 Cheryl Wey
Jun 24, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 24, 2018 Beverly Pettry
Jun 23, 2018 Alison Litton
Jun 21, 2018 Kira Ralston
Jun 18, 2018 Bridget Hopper
Jun 17, 2018 Melodey Freni
Jun 15, 2018 Donna Ventola
Jun 15, 2018 Deborah Summerville
Jun 14, 2018 Mary sunderhauf
Jun 14, 2018 ANGELA WATSON
Jun 14, 2018 Christina Edwards
Jun 14, 2018 Karen Eiler Love my pitties who provide a positive benefit to my health.
Jun 14, 2018 Reuben Kramar
Jun 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 13, 2018 Nancy ClarkOur Our service men and women need the help of these animals to readjust to life when they return home.
Jun 13, 2018 (Name not displayed) My spouse is currently on deployment #3 and every deployment we go thru he comes home different in a new way. We got him a puppy after last deployment and it greatly changed his personality. I strongly believe in this program and know our Vets can benefit
Jun 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 12, 2018 Linda L. Harcourt Please pass paws act
Jun 12, 2018 LINDA BAILEY
Jun 12, 2018 Jenn Opela Service dogs for all who need it!
Jun 12, 2018 Roberta Beshears
Jun 12, 2018 Debra Acuna Win, win!
Jun 12, 2018 Joanne Petaccio
Jun 12, 2018 Toni Pickens
Jun 12, 2018 Barbara Roy
Jun 12, 2018 (Name not displayed) I am married to a disabled vet and I totally support this! I'm surprised it's not already in place!
Jun 12, 2018 Eileen Stanley
Jun 12, 2018 Sara Cote
Jun 12, 2018 Jeanne Bradbury HOW DARE THE V.A. deny vets ANYTHING??? They are suffering the effects of PTSD because of the trauma of military service-- they are ENTITLED to ANYTHING that will ease the effects of that trauma!
Jun 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 12, 2018 Rozeann Robb-Griggs
Jun 12, 2018 Yvonne Wade
Jun 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 12, 2018 Machelle Bush The men
Jun 11, 2018 june harty
Jun 11, 2018 Carole Mizokami We MUST do whatever we can for our heros who sacrificed their lives and even limbs for us. It's the least we can do, WE OWE THEM!!!!!!!!!!
Jun 11, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 11, 2018 Linda Hynek
Jun 11, 2018 Rachel Dawn My husband is a combat vet who would greatly benefit from this program. Dogs are extremely helpful for the vets with PTSD. They help calm the vet and bring them back into focus. The VA needs this program.
Jun 11, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 11, 2018 Lisa Flannery This is a wonderful initiative! Do it!!
Jun 11, 2018 Amanda Bergeron
Jun 11, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 11, 2018 Janet Held
Jun 11, 2018 Christine Viestenz
Jun 11, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 11, 2018 Linda Durham
Jun 11, 2018 Jennifer Welzenbach

back to top

Dusky Patchwork Short Sleeve Tunic
Share this page and help fund more meals: