Updated 09/17/2012 07:10 AM
Service animal coverage to be dropped for certain vets
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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Certain veterans who have a service dog may no longer be able to receive VA benefits for their animal starting next month, according to a new rule.
Senator Chuck Schumer is now calling on the Department of Veterans Affairs to revise the order that would stop the VA benefits for service dogs, but only for veterans with emotional or mental disorders, such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
That directive is to go into effect October 5th and would only continue coverage of service animals for veterans with physical disabilities.
Currently, the VA can reimburse vets for the costs of owning a service dog if a medical professional says it is beneficial.
The department would decide on whether to expand the coverage once a study is complete in 2014.
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