This afternoon, Senators Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Richard Burr (R-N.C.) sent a letter to VA Secretary Eric Shinseki asking for clarification on the VA's study on the benefits of service dogs for veterans suffering from physical and psychological injuries.
The bipartisan letter was also cosigned by Senators Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), Roland Burris (D-Ill.), John D. Rockefeller IV (D-N.Y.), and Max Baucus (D-Mont.).
AMVETS National Deputy Legislative Director Christina Roof spearheaded the effort to gather bipartisan support for the letter, in addition to the letter already sent by the House in May and by AMVETS last month.
The letter comes on the same day that VA's Office of the Inspector General issued its report on veterans' access to service dog benefits, confirming AMVETS' concerns that VA did not have proper protocols in place to deliver the entitlements.
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(Images: Senate letter to VA Secretary Shinseki on veterans' service dogs.)