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.
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 at 10:37 AM EDT
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.