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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!

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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


Aug 13, 2018 Maxine DeBellis
Aug 12, 2018 Susan Haberlin Please don't overlook our service people suffering from PTSD. We need to give them every comfort we can to help ease their suffering.
Aug 12, 2018 David Buckner
Aug 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 11, 2018 Carolyn Turner
Aug 9, 2018 D Thomas
Aug 9, 2018 Ben C
Aug 8, 2018 deb teague ALL VETERANS SHOULD BE TAKEN CARE OF WITH ANY MEANS POSSIBLE FREE OF CHARGE. WE HAVE OUR FREEDOMS BECAUSE OF THEIR SACRIFICE!
Aug 7, 2018 Faye Harbottle Rubbish - everyone knows that a dog is man's (or woman's) best friend. Even if people don't particularly care for dogs, they can form a bond with these animals while they prove their worth. Thanks for this petition.
Aug 7, 2018 Tammy Jeter
Aug 5, 2018 Debra Birkholz
Aug 2, 2018 Rev. Dr. Ronald L. Sims My Brothers and Sisters who have honorably served this country and suffer from PTSD, deserve to have Service Animals and Veterinary Services for these Service Animals. Don't wait for another suicide before you act.
Aug 2, 2018 Eugene Giessuebel
Aug 2, 2018 Laurie Bath
Aug 2, 2018 Lisa Douglass I support this!
Aug 2, 2018 Sheila See
Aug 2, 2018 Noreen Zosa
Aug 2, 2018 Nancy ROY
Aug 2, 2018 Donna Delin
Aug 1, 2018 Bernita Collins
Jul 31, 2018 S.A. Mitchell-Young A dog may be the only thing to stop a suicide or worse yet a murder or mass murder. Please let our Vets have access to these animals.
Jul 31, 2018 Julie Szabo
Jul 31, 2018 SUSAN SENTZ
Jul 30, 2018 Rhiannon Young
Jul 30, 2018 Sue Popa Unacceptable - especially for the VA. You are treating these veterans - how can you not see/KNOW that some wounds are inside, not outside?
Jul 28, 2018 Carrie Mcdowell OUR TRAUMATIZED MILITARY PEOPLE/VETS NEED ANY AND ALL HELP AVAILABLE -THIS INCLUDES EMOTIONAL SUPPORT PETS !!!
Jul 28, 2018 Lisa Hayes
Jul 28, 2018 bev boykan
Jul 27, 2018 Carol Ann Sherratt
Jul 27, 2018 Carl E. French All soldiers with disabilities deserve a service do if they need one. This may also prevent more soldiers with PTSD from taking their own life. And that it priceless.
Jul 27, 2018 Eileen Lankow
Jul 26, 2018 K.J. Herson
Jul 26, 2018 Susie Ewing-Wolfe
Jul 25, 2018 Kenneth Gehan
Jul 25, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 25, 2018 Paula Medina
Jul 25, 2018 Kathy Flick dogs are such comforts, it is no brainer. Give vets the service dogs they deserve.
Jul 25, 2018 (Name not displayed) Please do not stop coverage for veterans' Psychicaric Service dogs. Thank you.
Jul 24, 2018 Beau Ryba
Jul 24, 2018 marita hanse
Jul 24, 2018 Patricia Dangle
Jul 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 19, 2018 Dorothy Jordan
Jul 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 19, 2018 Chantal Richardson-Swierz
Jul 19, 2018 Lani Reinhart This is a simple and empathetic service that the VA can implement by providing training and veterinary care for service dogs for veterans suffering from PTSD and other mental health issues.
Jul 19, 2018 Susan Rubin
Jul 19, 2018 Donna Channen
Jul 19, 2018 Annette Schaal Dogs can have GREAT healing powers with their unconditional love and comfort!
Jul 19, 2018 M T

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