VA Turns Back on Pet Therapy for Vets

New research finds that “man’s best friend” could be lifesavers for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Veterans Affairs has denied coverage for pet therapy for vets with PTSD and other trauma disorders. The VA’s stance is that it is not determined that pet therapy provides a medical benefit for vets, so therefore cannot justify providing benefits for mental health service dogs. WHAT?!

Where have you been VA? There are pets used for pet therapy in children’s hospitals, senior living facilities, not to mention all the service dogs that are used. They provide physical and mental support for their owners! I believe Vets always get short changed for all their sacrifices for this country and this is another injustice of the government turning their back on Vets!

In 2010, Banfield Charitable Trust funded a research project that pairs veterans with animal shelter dogs, giving veterans a mental and emotional outlet by bonding with the dogs. The results were not only will the dogs be getting their needed exercise but the dogs provided stress relief for the veterans.

Veterans, their selves, are proclaiming the health benefits of these canine companions and how they are helping them get back to their old selves.

Read full article here.

Please sign Petition to reverse policy from Change.org

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.

LINKS

Pets for Vets

Paws for Purple Hearts

Check out the miles of smiles at these reunions!

How Dogs are Replacing Drugs in the Treatment of PTSD

Let the VA know how you feel about not supporting pet therapy for vets

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

810 Vermont Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20420

Reach them on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/VeteransAffairs

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