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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 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
Aug 10, 2017 Lisa Wood
Aug 10, 2017 julie wells
Aug 7, 2017 Dawn Shock Service dogs are beneficial to soldiers in need of their service. They deserve the governments support.
Aug 6, 2017 Rosie Albanese
Aug 6, 2017 Deborah Frame
Aug 6, 2017 Mike Lafrance
Aug 4, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 2, 2017 James Streit I believe this is a great service for their service.
Aug 2, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 2, 2017 CHARLOTTE JOHNSON
Aug 2, 2017 Wendy Holiman
Aug 1, 2017 Kathy & Judy Sutter
Aug 1, 2017 maureen hendry
Aug 1, 2017 Thomas Allore II US Army 82-85, combat veterans should get ANY help they need from the VA! War is HELL, being home shouldn't be!

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