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Schumer wants VA to provide dogs to more vets

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Updated: 9/16/2012 5:31 pm Published: 9/16/2012 5:25 pm

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

Sen. Charles Schumer of New York is releasing a letter to the Veterans Administration 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 Veterans Administration 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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Mayor Maynot - 4/23/2013 8:57 AM
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Disabled Veteran here : -) I have two beautiful four legged babies here. They hooked up a few weeks ago. Pretty soon I'll have over a dozen more. If you're a veteran and you want one, I'm crazy over pets for veterans. Call me rdioaktv2u2@yahoodot youknowwhat we can discuss terms of delivery.

Lovin Tulsa - 9/23/2012 10:37 PM
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I have a very dear friend with PTSD. His Service Dog is a blessing, to him and his wife. The therapy works very well and it shows in their interaction together. This is a very REAL need with a great and easy fix. Compensation should be approved immediately!
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