VA to Resume Study

Week of December 09, 2013

The Department of Veterans Affairs plans to restart a study evaluating the use of service dogs to assist veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The study was suspended in August 2012, for the second time, when VA alleged that a vendor violated its contract and endangered the health of its dogs. The goal of the study, which was mandated by Congress in 2009, was to serve as many as 200 veterans. VA is expected to resume the study in less than a year with the first new dog pairings scheduled to take place as soon as May 2014. The study will also include emotional support dogs in addition to service dogs. When the study resumes, it will be open to non-profit organizations across the country.






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