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.

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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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