VA says no funding for service dogs to aid veterans

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - Genesis Assistance Dogs is training about 10 service dogs to help the disabled.

Sally Chester co-founded the organization and says service dogs are vital to enhancing the life of the disabled. But she is not happy with a preliminary report by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Service dogs benefits will be provided for the vision, hearing and mobility impaired, but not for those battling post traumatic stress disorder. Sally said, "I wasn't totally surprised by the report, saddened by it, yes."

Jeffrey Eagle,  who also co-founded the organization, says veterans with PTSD could use the help of a service dog. "They won't go into a dark room, fear of a ambush in Iraq. They have a fear of going to a dark room also continually looking over their shoulders."

The ruling will become final in 30 days.

For more information visit the Genesis Assistance Dogs, Inc. Web site.

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