Schumer Wants VA to Provide Dogs to More Vets

Sen. Charles Schumer says the new Veterans Administration directive delays compensation for veterans who have service dogs

Monday, Sep 17, 2012  |  Updated 10:37 AM EDT
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Schumer Wants VA to Provide Dogs to More Vets

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Veterans with physical impairments can get reimbursed for the cost of a service dog, but a new Veterans Administration directive is delaying compensation for veterans with mental and emotional concerns until further research is completed.

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is releasing a letter to the VA asking that it rescind its directive. He says the benefit of service dogs for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and other emotional concerns is already clear and no further research is needed.
 
The VA issued a statement that it hasn't been able to determine a medical benefit for the dogs to veterans with mental illness. The agency says research is needed and should be completed by 2014 to justify the expense.

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