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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Senate Letter to Shinseki on Vets' Service Dogs

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.

American Veteran will continue to follow this story closely. Check back regularly for updates.

(Images: Senate letter to VA Secretary Shinseki on veterans' service dogs.)

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  1. Thank you for standing up for us. Recently spoke with Christina about her work, and let me say, you (AMVETS) are the only ones standing up for our service dog rights for the invisibly injured. How the VA can pay for only "certain" kinds of service dogs, instead of ALL service dogs, is discriminatory. So thank you again from the bottom of my service dog's paws.

  2. Thank you, I promise we will continue working this and related issues until VA gets it right.
    Thank You Kindly,
    Christina Roof

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