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Sen Schumer Asks VA To Let Vets Keep Dogs Until Research Is Complete

Senator Charles E. Schumer at a news conference (Credit: Monica Miller/ WCBS 880)

Senator Charles E. Schumer at a news conference (Credit: Monica Miller/ WCBS 880)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — 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.

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer of New York is releasing a letter to the Veterans Administration asking that it rescind its directive.

He says conducting more research is appropriate, but he wants veterans with emotional problems to be able to get dogs in the interim.

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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