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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


Nov 19, 2017 Iryna Andreychuk
Nov 18, 2017 sandra rus ortiz
Nov 17, 2017 Lesley Hudak
Nov 15, 2017 Sharon Saunders
Nov 15, 2017 Patti Wyatt
Nov 15, 2017 Tricia VAKKNEN-ROGERS
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Nov 14, 2017 John Ingram
Nov 13, 2017 Gabriella fedra
Nov 13, 2017 Jen Stedman
Nov 12, 2017 Julie Allen
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Nov 12, 2017 Gregory Brooks
Nov 12, 2017 Estee Klemick
Nov 12, 2017 RC Walker Cover service dogs!
Nov 12, 2017 Sara Valade
Nov 12, 2017 Jutta Scherkowsky
Nov 12, 2017 Ivan Zhyvolup
Nov 12, 2017 n Jackson
Nov 12, 2017 Phyllis Van Leuven
Nov 12, 2017 Barbara Hrybinczak
Nov 12, 2017 Kathleen Mccraw This is a proven method of helping our Vets
Nov 12, 2017 DayLynn McDonald
Nov 12, 2017 julie wells
Nov 11, 2017 Shirley Strang
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Nov 11, 2017 CaSandra Alberty
Nov 11, 2017 Catherine Holzman
Nov 11, 2017 Marilyn Williams Our veterans can't wait any longer.
Nov 11, 2017 Elisabeth Smith
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Nov 11, 2017 Ana Krznarić
Nov 11, 2017 Lucile J Taber
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Nov 11, 2017 Darja KadenŔek
Nov 11, 2017 Virginia Hein
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Nov 10, 2017 Nicole Kelley
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