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Department of Veterans Affairs: Reverse the Policy:  Help our Veterans heal with Service Dogs!
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Department of Veterans Affairs: Reverse the Policy: Help our Veterans heal with Service Dogs!

    1. Robin Ganzert
    2. Petition by

      Robin Ganzert

      Washington, DC

American Humane Association, the nation's leading advocate on behalf of animals and children, today called on the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to reverse a policy that would end a program reimbursing veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for their use of service dogs while in recovery. The policy is set to go into effect on Oct. 5, 2012.

"American Humane Association's focus on animal-assisted therapy dates back to 1945 when we promoted therapy dogs as a means to help World War II veterans recover from the effects of war," said American Humane Association President and CEO Dr. Robin Ganzert. "We know from years of experience that the human-animal bond is a source of powerful healing, whether they are children suffering from cancer or military men and women who have suffered the stress of battle. Service dogs, in particular, are an amazing, positive resource for assisting our nation's best and bravest though their physical pain and mental anguish. We call on the VA and the United States Congress to stand up for our veterans and their families by continuing to reimburse veterans who suffer from PTSD for the cost of medically approved service dogs."

Join us in promoting the healing power of the human - animal bond for our war heroes!

Recent signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • John Rieke NOVATO, CA
      • 10 months ago

      I am a Vietnam combat vet with diagnosed severe PTSD. The DVA reversal on service dog funding means those of us who would realize immense benefit from a service dog are left twisting in the wind - AGAIN

      John R.

    • Megan Dupes PLYMOUTH, MA
      • 10 months ago

      Animals have a sixth sense about them that is very healing!

    • Renee Roepstorff SEBRING, FL
      • 11 months ago

      This topic is close to my heart.

      • 11 months ago

      Department of Veterans Affairs: Reverse the Policy: Help our Veterans heal with Service Dogs!

    • John Daniels CAMDEN, SC
      • about 1 year ago

      Injured Veterans deserve 100% of their costs paid by the US Government that made a commitment to them. They have been treated shamefully!


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