Tell the VA and Congress to approve the cost of service dogs to treat mental health issues.
150,000 — that’s the number of post-traumatic stress disability claims submitted by U.S. veterans every year since 2010. But a source of help used to successfully treat mental injuries exists: service dogs. The benefits of service dogs are many, from alleviating anxiety and panic attacks to helping their owners overcome their fear of leaving home.
However, the VA and Congress deny veterans coverage for service dogs for mental health issues, claiming that a lack of clinical evidence fails to support the canines as a form of treatment. Veterans are then forced to pay upward of $40,000 out of pocket for a service dog, with long wait times from the organizations who provide them.
Show your support for the veteran community and your belief in the therapeutic benefits of service dogs. Tell the VA and Congress to cover the cost of service dogs. Task & Purpose will send the signed petition to the VA and Congress, because it’s important for veterans to receive the care they deserve.