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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


Feb 14, 2018 LINDA FANCHER
Feb 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 14, 2018 Armida Franceschini
Feb 13, 2018 JENNIFER CASE
Feb 13, 2018 (Name not displayed) YES! YES! THESE VETS NEED THESE ANIMALS PERIOD. I WANT THEM TO HAVE WHAT THEY NEED ALWAYS. PERIOD. iT IS BETTER FOR THEIR HEALTH AND MENTAL AND MORE IMPORTENA THEIR EMOTIONAL WELL BEING.
Feb 13, 2018 Jeanne Harrington
Feb 12, 2018 Martha Kubik
Feb 12, 2018 Patty Currey
Feb 11, 2018 josette ferralli
Feb 10, 2018 MaryLynn Michaelis
Feb 9, 2018 Leslie Williams
Feb 9, 2018 Kt Hertfelder
Feb 9, 2018 Tammy Leist
Feb 9, 2018 Ginger Susman The VA needs to correct this; it is a known fact that service dogs help dramatically to help these vets with mental issues including PSTD. I know a lady that trains vets with service dogs and it has turned their lives around.
Feb 9, 2018 Anita Phaneuf
Feb 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 8, 2018 Becky Anderson
Feb 8, 2018 Jodi Carlin
Feb 8, 2018 Janet Mason
Feb 8, 2018 Jenelle Back -Sercombe
Feb 8, 2018 Ashia Castendyk
Feb 7, 2018 Ruth Rogers
Feb 5, 2018 Janice Banks
Feb 4, 2018 Phyllis Witmer
Feb 4, 2018 Sandra Richards
Feb 2, 2018 Mary lou Bradley
Feb 2, 2018 Nancy Haynes
Feb 2, 2018 Ellen Moore
Feb 2, 2018 Susan Addonisio
Feb 2, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 2, 2018 Donna Johnson I’m all for the U.S. Veteran Service Dog Program
Feb 2, 2018 Erin Jones
Feb 1, 2018 Linda Sampson
Feb 1, 2018 Barbara Stutler
Feb 1, 2018 (Name not displayed) Please help these people get service dogs.
Feb 1, 2018 Sieglinda Preez
Feb 1, 2018 Nancy Shumaker
Feb 1, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 1, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 1, 2018 Sandra Dillon
Feb 1, 2018 Deborah Bey Service dogs help with many problems, some which can affect an entire family. Please support dogs for PTSD.
Feb 1, 2018 Shadiya Wade
Feb 1, 2018 Cheryl Speigle
Feb 1, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 1, 2018 joseph schott
Feb 1, 2018 Nancy Savusa This is so important for our service men and,women to have this service. Please do not ignore this.Thank you
Feb 1, 2018 Kimberly Schumacher Service dogs are proven to help make life easer for people to do day to day taskes. STOP denieing service veterans this needed resource.
Feb 1, 2018 Tammy Mullins
Feb 1, 2018 (Name not displayed) We owe our veterans everything for their service, of course we should provide them with service dogs.
Feb 1, 2018 Barbara Coyle

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