Schumer Fights For Service Dogs For Vets

By North Country Gazette On September 17, 2012

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) has called on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to immediately revise a recent directive that will prevent veterans with PTSD and other mental and emotional disorders from receiving VA benefits for service dogs. According to federal law, the VA can reimburse veterans with both physical and mental disabilities for the costs of owning a service dog, if a medical professional deems such a dog to be beneficial. However, according to a new VA directive that will go into effect on Oct. 5, only veterans with physical disabilities will have this option, until a VA study on the matter is completed in 2014. This is despite evidence that service dogs have the capability to assist those with mental disabilities.

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4 thoughts on “Schumer Fights For Service Dogs For Vets

  1. Just leaving a short message for now. I am a VA employee however before that I am a human being first and foremost and I know from experience the value of the human-animal bond. Shiloh, my oldest Beagle, is a registered therapy dog and we visit nursing homes and our local hospice – whenever we do, I see the positive changes in the people just by experiencing having a dog around. I am now following your blog and also following this issue with the VA.
    Kim, Shiloh’n Shasta

    • appreciate kind words of value concerning therapy dogs. i agree with you. thank you and your beagle shiloh, for doing what you do. it is amazing the positive results of having contact with a service dog. take care kim and shiloh…and thanks for following..

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