Provide service dogs to Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
  • Petitioning Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric K. Shinseki

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Provide service dogs to Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

    1. Petition by

      Jessica Burns

      Phila, PA

The love and help of a trained service dog can reduce the suffering of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Since the Federal Government accepted the service of each member of the American military, the Federal Government has a moral responsibility to do everything in its power to heal the wounds incurred in that service, including psychological wounds. Please do what you can to urge Congress to provide the funding necessary to train and provide service dogs as faithful friends and aids to the Veterans who need them.

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      Jessica Burns
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    3. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Charlotte DeBaere SACRAMENTO, CA
      • 2 days ago

      The VA has a campaign to provide vets with physical disabilities a service dog. Once again vets with psych disabilities are not provided with SDs by the VA. If you cannot see it, it does not exist. The VA is studying whether a PTSD SD or Emotional Support Animal is of actual significance. One of the programs heavily involved in this study is Canine Companions for Independence. They are a large, established program, but they do not even believe in training psych service dogs for the public. If they do not believe that people should have psych service dogs, how can they be neutral training PTSD Dogs for vets, Additionally, they are training a set five tasks when there are easily 15+ tasks that can help people with PTSD. If all tasks the vets need are not trained, then, again, how can the study be accurate. It is similar to giving a vet with a physical injury a service dog that is only trained with 1/3 of the tasks they need!

    • Angela Bradley ROCKPORT, IN
      • 3 months ago

      I am not a vet, but I am disabled and have PTSD, so I support our troops in health and when they are injured, I have a Service Dog (TheStig) and my life wouldn't be normal without him! My family loves and cares for me, but can't be with me 24/7, and how sad it makes me feel if I'm up sick in the bathroom all night and my husband who work 12 hr shift at a hospital has to stay up with me? Or my 13 year old daughter stays up with me having school in the morning? My PTSD affects not just myself, Now that I have TheStig I'm not alone and he loves being with me, we have a padded rug for him to lay on or a recliner in the bathroom he can lay up there with me if I'm too sick to go back and fourth. I totally support services dogs having jobs, plus they dont have to be full blooded breeds My Service Mut is amazing! Medicine alone can not treat PTSD!

    • Richard Case PORTLAND, OR
      • 5 months ago

      I've seen it work for my dad!

    • Beth Walker PANAMA CITY, FL
      • 5 months ago

      My husband has spent the last 8 weeks inpatient due to his PTSD and has another 8 weeks to go before I can bring him home. I spend endless hours trying to find ways to help him cope with his everyday life due to his PTSD. It is time for the VA to wake up and realize that this too is a wound not caused but by serving for this country. To stop giving these Vets feelings of disbelief and unconcern because their "war wound" is not visible. A service dog for any Vet with PTSD would help with the calmness of the Vet. It would give them the feeling that they aren't alone in their battle inside. Not all Vets can share their inner turmoil with family members and a service dog would give them a bond to be able to express themselves. These dogs are not just dogs and family pets. They become the battle buddy for these Vets who suffer from PTSD. Please help

      The government that sent these guys to war to come back broken on the inside to their families should be the same government that show them that they do have their best interest to heart. Please make getting a PTSD Service Dog not a family struggle to find. Show the world that you truly have your Vets best interest as a priority!!! No matter what their wound may be.

    • Dennis Pichardo TAPPAN, NY
      • 6 months ago

      I suffer from PTSD and I take my medication and go to therapy, however, if it wasnt for my Service dog I would not wake up every morning looking forward to a new day.


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