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.