Let emotional support animal back in!
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Homeless veteran Mike Roberts adopted an emotional support dog, Arthur, from a rescue while living at Veterans Village San Diego in January of this year. He then went through three weeks of training for Arthur to become a service animal. However, when a staff member entered Mike's room uninvited at 12:30 a.m. on February 28, 2017, Arthur was off leash, and the staff member was scared. Veterans Village kicked Arthur out, and Mike has been paying for boarding Arthur out of his disability payments, which is his sole source of income. Mike is now out of money and is suffering increased PTSD symptoms. Public interest attorney Bryan Pease has filed a lawsuit on Mike's behalf, but lawsuits take time. Veterans Village needs to do the right thing now and let Arthur return!
Arthur is my service dog for PTSD and Mobility. He has been trained to wake me when having recurring nightmares. He alerts me to potential threats and draws my attention away when a panic attack is imminent. He serves me with mobility assistance climbing stairs, hills, etc.. He serves as a balance support while walking as well. After all that is done, he brings me peace by just being my best friend. My battle buddy.
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