AN51 - Final Rule - Service Dogs

 
Docket ID: VA-2011-VHA-0017
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
Summary:
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) amends its regulations concerning veterans in need of service dogs. Under current regulations, VA provides benefits to veterans with guide dogs, and this rulemaking will broaden and clarify those benefits. This rulemaking will also implement new benefits related to service dogs.
RIN: 2900-AN51
Impacts and Effects: None
CFR Citation: 38 CFR 17.148,38 CFR 17.154
Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

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      • Received by mail and posted.

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        08/18/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0103
      • Organization:
        Freedom Service Dogs
      • Submitter Name:
        Sharan Wilson
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      • Received by mail.

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        08/16/2011

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        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0102
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        DAV
      • Submitter Name:
        Ben Ezzell
      undefined
      • Please see the attached comments.

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        08/16/2011

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        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0101
      • Organization:
        VetsFirst, a program of United Spinal Association
      • Submitter Name:
        Heather Ansley
      undefined
      • AMVETS (American Veterans) full comments are located on the attached document.

      • Public Submission
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        08/16/2011

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        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0100
      • Organization:
        AMVETS
      • Submitter Name:
        Christina Roof
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      • Received by fax.

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        08/16/2011

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        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0099
      • Organization:
        Guide Dog Foundation For The Blind, Inc.
      • Submitter Name:
        Wells Jones
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        08/16/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0098
      • Organization:
        Retrieving Indepedence
      • Submitter Name:
        Karen Langer
      • (Responding to RIN 2900-AN51--Service Dogs) The proposed rule states that the results of a 3-year study on the effectiveness of dogs for mental health purposes may enable the VA...

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        08/16/2011

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        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0097
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      • Submitter Name:
        Bradley Morris, M.A., c.Phil.
      • This is in reference to AN51 - Proposed Rule - Service Dogs (Document ID VA-2011-VHA-0017-0001) which, as I understand it, says that the VA will limit its support for veterans with...

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        08/16/2011

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      • Organization:
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        Genelle Denzin
      undefined
      • See attached file(s)

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        08/16/2011

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      • Organization:
        Veterans Moving Forward, Inc.
      • Submitter Name:
        Karen Jeffries
      • It is only because I have obtained and maintain a service dog for PTSD that I am now capable of leaving my house with less fear. I have become a better father and husband. My...

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        08/16/2011

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      • Organization:
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      • Please find comments attached.

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        08/16/2011

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        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0093
      • Organization:
        Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Veterans Task Force
      • Submitter Name:
        Heather Ansley
      • Though I am not a member of the military nor a veteran, I feel that I must comment on these rules that rob veterans of the same rights as civilians. Requiring that a service dog...

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        08/16/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0092
      • Organization:
      • Submitter Name:
        Katherine Hays
      • Dear Sir or Madam: I strongly urge that you reconsider the wording in the “Notice of Proposed Rulemaking” regarding its intention to offer a Service Dog ‘benefit’ for only those...

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        08/16/2011

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        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0091
      • Organization:
        NAMI-MA
      • Submitter Name:
        Kathryn Starr
      • Why is the VA allowed to disregard the Americans with Disabilities Act which gives a legal definition of what a service dog is? Why is the VA proposing a single source contract...

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        08/16/2011

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        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0090
      • Organization:
      • Submitter Name:
        Jack Withrow
      undefined
      • See attached file(s)

      • Public Submission
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        08/16/2011

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        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0089
      • Organization:
        Disabled veteran, OIF-1, 2003-2004
      • Submitter Name:
        Cheryl Kopec
      undefined
      • The Isaiah Mays-Bill Mauldin American Legion Post of Tonopah Arizona respectfully must oppose the implementation of this proposed rule change, for specific reasons why we must...

      • Public Submission
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        08/16/2011

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        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0088
      • Organization:
        The Isaiah Mays-Bill Mauldin American Legion Post 137
      • Submitter Name:
        Thomas Sloan
      undefined
      • After reviewing this proposed Rule I can not support this rule, the legal and moral issues that are the foundation of the proposal of a rule change require the VA to scrap this...

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        08/16/2011

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        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0087
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      • Submitter Name:
        Kevin Widner
      undefined
      • Redacted

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        08/15/2011

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        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0086
      • Organization:
        Wounded Warrior Project
      • Submitter Name:
        Steven Nardizzi
      • I am a Certified Canine Behavior Expert and trainer and am currently working with a young Iraqi War Vet that has been diagnosed with PTSD along with physical and hearing...

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        08/15/2011

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        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0085
      • Organization:
        THE DOG CHICK
      • Submitter Name:
        Charlene Sorrentino
      undefined
      • Received by fax

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        08/15/2011

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        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0084
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        The American Legion
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        Jacob Gadd
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        08/15/2011

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        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0081
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        Cyndi Perry
      • As a national non-profit Assistance Dog organization, Paws With A Cause appreciate the opportunity to comment on this important proposed rule. In the descriptions of the types of...

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        08/15/2011

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        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0080
      • Organization:
        Paws With A Cause
      • Submitter Name:
        Michael Sapp Sr.
      • As a Veteran I am very concerned with the service dog "certification" /training particularly in regards to the VA's consideration of making ADI the exclusive trainer for service...

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        08/15/2011

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        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0079
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        Gaeyle Gerrie-Boss
      • It's taken the VA 10yrs to implement this program & now there are three problems with it as it stands. First: Requiring all service dogs to come from ADI accredited orgs is a bad...

      • Public Submission
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        08/15/2011

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        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0078
      • Organization:
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        Kira Clark
      • * Please provide the reasoning for the belief that “most service-dog providers that provide dogs to veterans are already accredited in accordance with the proposed rule.” I...

      • Public Submission
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        08/15/2011

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        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0077
      • Organization:
      • Submitter Name:
        Veronica Capata
      • As a disabled civilian, I have the federally-protected right to access any public facility, including health care facilities, with my medically prescribed service dog. As a...

      • Public Submission
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        08/15/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0076
      • Organization:
      • Submitter Name:
        Christie Decker
      • I am a disabled civilian. Under the ADA, I am allowed to have a service dog from a provider of my own choosing for my specific disability. It is my right. I think it is very...

      • Public Submission
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        08/15/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0075
      • Organization:
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        Service Dog Handler
      • I suffer from severe PTSD and have been searching for the best way to cope with my issues (nightmares, fear of crowded places, etc, etc.). My marriage relationship with my...

      • Public Submission
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        08/15/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0074
      • Organization:
        N/A
      • Submitter Name:
        Eric Sloan
      • I cannot object to additional research into the benefits that service dogs provide to people with mental disorders, especially those of us with post-traumatic stress disorder...

      • Public Submission
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        08/15/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0073
      • Organization:
      • Submitter Name:
        Janie Thurman
      undefined
      • See uploaded comments.

      • Public Submission
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        08/15/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0072
      • Organization:
      • Submitter Name:
        Lyne Obal
      • Any regulation which would exclude psychiatric service dogs from the VA service dog benefit is discriminatory--such exclusion is unjustified. It would be a slap in the face after...

      • Public Submission
      • Posted:

        08/15/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0071
      • Organization:
      • Submitter Name:
        DD Steele
      • I have suffered from PTSD (hyperanxiety) since 1975 from RVN service. I have had every known treatment regimen the VA has ever offered with little overall success. The medication...

      • Public Submission
      • Posted:

        08/15/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0070
      • Organization:
      • Submitter Name:
        NORMAN PICKETT
      • As a certified trainer, having trained my own service dog for mobility and PTSD and having assisted and trained dogs for others, I find the owner/trainer program to be very...

      • Public Submission
      • Posted:

        08/15/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0069
      • Organization:
        Starhaven Farm Training Center
      • Submitter Name:
        Leah McGregor
      • The VA needs to comply with ADA regulations. Our Military personal needs to have the same rights as others under the ADA rules not less. Assistance Dog International is a private...

      • Public Submission
      • Posted:

        08/15/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0068
      • Organization:
      • Submitter Name:
        Paulette Rinck
      • I want to continue to state that the VA should butt out of the ADI. Some of their tng methods are horrible and some of their teams are total jerks. How would you feel if you had...

      • Public Submission
      • Posted:

        08/15/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0067
      • Organization:
        Self
      • Submitter Name:
        Ellen McCarthy
      • The ADI is a "club" that trains their teams to a certain standard. Many "private" trainers help train Service Dogs using the ADI standard -- These teams are OWNER TRAINED and can...

      • Public Submission
      • Posted:

        08/15/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0066
      • Organization:
        Owner Trained Service Dogs
      • Submitter Name:
        Ellen McCarthy
      • I get the impression that VA is passing their responsibility off onto somebody else again. I'm a disabled veteran and my wife is disabled also. We have 3 ADA compliant service...

      • Public Submission
      • Posted:

        08/12/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0065
      • Organization:
        Amercian Legion, VFW, couple of others
      • Submitter Name:
        Mark Darling
      • I am a vet who has recently been partnered with a service dog. My dog was donated by a group that has been training dogs for over 30 years. I am appalled that I may need to go out...

      • Public Submission
      • Posted:

        08/12/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0064
      • Organization:
      • Submitter Name:
        Marissa P.
      • This is disgraceful and an out rage. ADI is not the only standard for a service dog this is directly unconstitutional and would make them a direct monoply through the VA for govt...

      • Public Submission
      • Posted:

        08/11/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0063
      • Organization:
      • Submitter Name:
        Timothy MCDONOUGH
      undefined
      • See attached file(s)

      • Public Submission
      • Posted:

        08/11/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0062
      • Organization:
        John J. Ensminger, Esq.
      • Submitter Name:
        John Ensminger
      • Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the proposed rule regarding Service Dogs and the Veteran's Administration. The idea that any Service Dog category should be excluded or...

      • Public Submission
      • Posted:

        08/11/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0061
      • Organization:
      • Submitter Name:
        Suzanne Brean
      undefined
      • Veterans With Service Dogs: Why Are They Not Being Treated Equally? By Peggy Boos July 2011 Executive Summary Did the VA intentionally exclude non-‘certified’ service dogs (SDs...

      • Public Submission
      • Posted:

        08/11/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0060
      • Organization:
        Bergin University of Canine Studies
      • Submitter Name:
        Peggy Boos
      undefined
      • To whom it may concern: As a 100% disabled combat veteran, I am saddened to see that the VA is not backing "service dogs" in any capacity for those of us who are diagnosed with...

      • Public Submission
      • Posted:

        08/11/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0059
      • Organization:
        United States Army (Retired)
      • Submitter Name:
        Kenneth Swift
      • I am upset because these dollars are going to dogs for people with physical disabilities and you are ignoring the needs of Vets with emotional disabilities. I feel very much for...

      • Public Submission
      • Posted:

        08/11/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0058
      • Organization:
        C&A Industries, Inc
      • Submitter Name:
        Craig Wolf
      undefined
      • Service Dogs

      • Public Submission
      • Posted:

        08/11/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0057
      • Organization:
        self
      • Submitter Name:
        M Griese
      undefined
      • See attached file(s)

      • Public Submission
      • Posted:

        08/11/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0056
      • Organization:
        Disabled veteran, OIF-1, 2003-2004
      • Submitter Name:
        Cheryl Kopec
      • Service dogs are critically important for veterans living with PTSD and other psychiatric conditions. A trained service dog can help regulate breathe and calm the veteran because...

      • Public Submission
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        08/10/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0055
      • Organization:
      • Submitter Name:
        Susan Bergeson
      • It is not fair that service dogs are only being considered by service people that have a physical handicap when it has been demonstrated the benefits of service dogs for...

      • Public Submission
      • Posted:

        08/10/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0054
      • Organization:
      • Submitter Name:
        Peter Ashenden
      undefined
      • Comment has been redacted.fp

      • Public Submission
      • Posted:

        08/10/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0053
      • Organization:
        Canine Caretakers for Life
      • Submitter Name:
        Paula Shepard
      • Don't cut Psychiatric Service Dogs for veterans with PTSD.

      • Public Submission
      • Posted:

        08/10/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0052
      • Organization:
        Veteran
      • Submitter Name:
        Diana Dillman
      • I am very disappointed that the VA is defining service dogs so narrowly. Service dogs can be incredibly therapeutic to people with psychiatric conditions, especially PTSD. I think...

      • Public Submission
      • Posted:

        08/10/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0051
      • Organization:
      • Submitter Name:
        Renee Roszkowski
      • How is it that the VA doesn't have to comply with Federal Law? 1. Exclusion of psychiatric service dogs from the VA service dog benefit is unjustified and discriminatory. In...

      • Public Submission
      • Posted:

        08/10/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0050
      • Organization:
      • Submitter Name:
        Alicia Smith
      • It is not a simple matter to get the ADI accredidation, and definitely not cheap either. Many non-profits can not afford it. Plus, ADI has their own agendas. And then what about...

      • Public Submission
      • Posted:

        08/10/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0049
      • Organization:
        none
      • Submitter Name:
        Elizabeth Guidry
      undefined
      • Comment has been redacted.fp

      • Public Submission
      • Posted:

        08/09/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0048
      • Organization:
        Assistance Dogs International, Inc.
      • Submitter Name:
        Corey Hudson
      • I've gotten approved apparently under the new guidelines w/ my current Service Dog who was owner trained under an ADI program. I was told that I would get a letter stating my...

      • Public Submission
      • Posted:

        08/09/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0047
      • Organization:
        ADI Owner Trained
      • Submitter Name:
        Ellen McCarthy
      • This Notice is potentially quite harmful to veterans in so far as the proposed 'benefit' seriously short-changes injured veterans, especially those with PTSD. Only 100 service...

      • Public Submission
      • Posted:

        08/09/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0046
      • Organization:
        Service Dog Oklahoma
      • Submitter Name:
        Penny Nichols
      • This proposed change completely disregards the recent change in ADA law providing equal access to Psychiatric Service Dogs. We are a small organization that trains such dogs for...

      • Public Submission
      • Posted:

        08/09/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0045
      • Organization:
        Daffron Doghouse
      • Submitter Name:
        Kathleen Daffron
      • This is not right. It takes years to properly train a dog that can work with someone with PTSD. The VA's proposed decision will affect hundreds of vets with PSDs. As the ADA...

      • Public Submission
      • Posted:

        08/09/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0044
      • Organization:
        Service Dog Team Blue Djinn
      • Submitter Name:
      • 1. Exclusion of psychiatric service dogs from the VA service dog benefit is unjustified and discriminatory. 2. Exclusive partnership between the VA and ADI is not acceptable.

      • Public Submission
      • Posted:

        08/09/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0043
      • Organization:
      • Submitter Name:
        Julia Markham
      • As a certified dog trainer and a disabled veteran with PTSD, I find this appalling. I have trained or assisted in training dogs for people with PTSD, anxiety disorders (other than...

      • Public Submission
      • Posted:

        08/09/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0042
      • Organization:
      • Submitter Name:
        Gary Webb
      • This is absolutely WONDERFUL!!!! I fall into the later category, where I require a service dog to assist with daily living and independence as a result of a seizure disorder...

      • Public Submission
      • Posted:

        08/09/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0041
      • Organization:
      • Submitter Name:
        Shawna Mayo
      • I just heard of this today and must comment. My first shock is that PTSD is not considered for a Service Dog but let me explain how a person might be helped (greatly) by a SD...

      • Public Submission
      • Posted:

        08/09/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0040
      • Organization:
      • Submitter Name:
        Tamie Petersen
      • 1. Exclusion of psychiatric service dogs from the VA service dog benefit is unjustified and discriminatory. 2. Exclusive partnership between the VA and ADI is not acceptable.

      • Public Submission
      • Posted:

        08/09/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0039
      • Organization:
      • Submitter Name:
        Leah mcgregor
      • After reading the proposed changes, I find several flaws. First and foremost, why is the VA trying to reinvent the wheel? I.e., the ADA has already covered what constitutes a...

      • Public Submission
      • Posted:

        08/09/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0038
      • Organization:
      • Submitter Name:
        Ben Ezzell
      • 1. Exclusion of psychiatric service dogs from the VA service dog benefit is unjustified and discriminatory. 2. Exclusive partnership between the VA and ADI is not acceptable.

      • Public Submission
      • Posted:

        08/09/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0037
      • Organization:
      • Submitter Name:
        Julie Brown
      • This is such a load of garbage that I don't even know where to begin. First off, I am the wife of a 20 year Navy veteran. I started a Service Animal Advocacy organization when I...

      • Public Submission
      • Posted:

        08/09/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0036
      • Organization:
        LifeUnleashed of Northern Nevada
      • Submitter Name:
        Wendy Gibson
      • I am very upset that you would use anything but the current DOJ's ADA regulations to determine whether or not service dogs should be provided to troops. I am doubly upset that you...

      • Public Submission
      • Posted:

        08/09/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0035
      • Organization:
      • Submitter Name:
        Helene Wheeling
      • 1. Exclusion of psychiatric service dogs from the VA service dog benefit is unjustified and discriminatory. 2. Exclusive partnership between the VA and ADI is not acceptable.

      • Public Submission
      • Posted:

        08/09/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0034
      • Organization:
      • Submitter Name:
        anonymous service dog user
      • I really don't get why it must be ADI trained dogs. ADI does not train they are just organizations of trainers that belong to this organization. There are many great trainers that...

      • Public Submission
      • Posted:

        08/09/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0033
      • Organization:
      • Submitter Name:
        Deb Sharp
      • Please do not enact this proposal without important changes. 20% of veterans returning from recent wars are seriously disabled by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. These veterans...

      • Public Submission
      • Posted:

        08/08/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0032
      • Organization:
        Pit Bulls 4 Patriots
      • Submitter Name:
        Margie Manners
      • How can the government possibly go against the law and discriminate against veterans? These are the men and women who fight for us, for our freedom, and frankly, for your jobs...

      • Public Submission
      • Posted:

        08/08/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0031
      • Organization:
        n/a
      • Submitter Name:
        Jen
      • So, you have men and women dedicating their lives to the service of their country. And when they get back, some wounded physically, others mentally - not only is their care sub...

      • Public Submission
      • Posted:

        08/08/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0030
      • Organization:
      • Submitter Name:
        Leslie Lewis
      • Our experience as reported by the veterans in our program and their families is that the PTSD healing power of the dogs is nothing short of miraculous. We provide the dogs and...

      • Public Submission
      • Posted:

        08/08/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0029
      • Organization:
        Pit Bulls 4 Patriots
      • Submitter Name:
        Paul Manners
      • Our returning service men and women who suffer from PTSD should be given the opportunity to have a service dog. These dogs are trained to help them with their specific issues...

      • Public Submission
      • Posted:

        08/08/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0028
      • Organization:
      • Submitter Name:
        Lisa Moehring
      • Please consider striking the following language from the proposed rule change regarding service dogs for veterans suffering from mental illness: In 2009, Congress authorized VA to...

      • Public Submission
      • Posted:

        08/08/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0027
      • Organization:
        private citizen
      • Submitter Name:
        jessi Freud
      • These men and women have served our country! Their service dogs are very much needed. I'm appalled by this proposed rule! Is this how we take care of our Veterans???!!! These dogs...

      • Public Submission
      • Posted:

        08/08/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0026
      • Organization:
      • Submitter Name:
        Rhonda Cenotti
      undefined
      • Comment has been redacted.fp

      • Public Submission
      • Posted:

        08/08/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0025
      • Organization:
        Psychiatric Service Dog Society
      • Submitter Name:
        Joan Esnayra
      • Although the VA is moving in the right direction the help veterans like me need is merely being skimmed over. The cost of a service dog is substancial and that's when you can...

      • Public Submission
      • Posted:

        08/08/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0024
      • Organization:
      • Submitter Name:
        Jamie Callich
      • I agree with the proposed changes. They eliminate many avenues for abuse of the current system. The use of "pets", especially for PSD "work"' is, in my experience, rampant...

      • Public Submission
      • Posted:

        08/08/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0023
      • Organization:
      • Submitter Name:
      • It is my understanding that once again a federal agency is trying to enact rules under the NPRM which would greatly restrict the rights of many users and potential users of service...

      • Public Submission
      • Posted:

        08/08/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0022
      • Organization:
      • Submitter Name:
        Desiree Michaels
      • I am disappointed that your organization would develop policy and include discriminatory AND exclusive partnership for training. 1. Exclusion of psychiatric service dogs from the...

      • Public Submission
      • Posted:

        08/08/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0021
      • Organization:
      • Submitter Name:
        Myra Franco
      undefined
      • See attached file(s)

      • Public Submission
      • Posted:

        08/08/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0020
      • Organization:
      • Submitter Name:
        John Parsons
      • “RIN 2900-AN51--Service Dogs.'' I support the Psychiatric Service Dog Society’s position. Excluding Psychiatric Service Dogs from the VA service dog benefit is not justified, and...

      • Public Submission
      • Posted:

        08/08/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0019
      • Organization:
      • Submitter Name:
        Veronica Morris
      undefined
      • See attached file(s)

      • Public Submission
      • Posted:

        08/01/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0018
      • Organization:
      • Submitter Name:
        Sandra Underwood
      • I fully support this change. Our veterans deserve no less. Service dogs will provide invaluable assistance to many disabled veterans, and the VA should ensure that vets who would...

      • Public Submission
      • Posted:

        07/25/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0017
      • Organization:
      • Submitter Name:
        R Hinzman
      undefined
      • See attached file(s)

      • Public Submission
      • Posted:

        07/25/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0016
      • Organization:
        Happy Tails Service Dogs
      • Submitter Name:
        Joyce Weber
      undefined
      • Comment received via USPS and has been scanned and posted. fp

      • Public Submission
      • Posted:

        07/20/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0015
      • Organization:
        Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities (ECAD)
      • Submitter Name:
        Barbara Jenkel
      The commenter requested this comment be withdrawn. Commenter has sent in a new comment to be posted on this regulation. JAL
      • WITHDRAWN
      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0014
      • Organization:
      • Submitter Name:
      • To whom this may concern, It would be my hope that all who are in need of a service dog would be able to obtain a service dog and utilize the benefits that they provide to a...

      • Public Submission
      • Posted:

        07/15/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0013
      • Organization:
      • Submitter Name:
        Tonja Wendt
      undefined
      • Redacted

      • Public Submission
      • Posted:

        07/12/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0012
      • Organization:
      • Submitter Name:
        Alia Bradley
      • Proposed paragraph (c) would establish criteria for obtaining a service dog recognized under this section for purposes of obtaining benefits. Under paragraphs (c)(1) and (2), we...

      • Public Submission
      • Posted:

        07/07/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0011
      • Organization:
        Care Dog Training
      • Submitter Name:
        Mary Mazzeri
      • While I understand the need to select only organizations that meet specific, important requirements for training and placing Service Dogs, using ADI as the only accrediation body...

      • Public Submission
      • Posted:

        07/07/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0010
      • Organization:
        Committed Canine, Inc.
      • Submitter Name:
        Tammie Rogers
      undefined
      • Please see the attached narrative. Redacted and posted.

      • Public Submission
      • Posted:

        07/07/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0009
      • Organization:
        Campus Crusade for Christ Military Ministry
      • Submitter Name:
        Steven Sterry
      • Comments on the VA proposed law for Service Dogs. As a disabled veteran AND sevice dog owner, I am very upset by the proposed law. Limiting a veteran’s choice as to where they...

      • Public Submission
      • Posted:

        06/30/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0008
      • Organization:
        Veteran
      • Submitter Name:
        marcia kamman
      • It is imperative that this regulation be approved. I have been trying to get my service dog approved for benefits for almost one year now. There are no defined regulations or...

      • Public Submission
      • Posted:

        06/21/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0007
      • Organization:
      • Submitter Name:
        Wendi Goodman
      • RIN 2900-AN51 -- Service Dogs I wish to comment on the following statement: "a clinical determination by a VA clinician, which would be based upon the clinician's medical...

      • Public Submission
      • Posted:

        06/21/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0006
      • Organization:
      • Submitter Name:
        D Baker
      undefined
      • I am very pleased with what you are going to do. I am disturbed by what you are not going to do. Evaluation by Doctor to determine if any other assistance device would work other...

      • Public Submission
      • Posted:

        06/21/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0005
      • Organization:
      • Submitter Name:
        Carol King
      • This is a great proposed rule, however it neglects to include Psychiatric Service Dogs which are very much a need for veterans returning from Iraq and Afganistan. Every veteran...

      • Public Submission
      • Posted:

        06/21/2011

      • ID:
        VA-2011-VHA-0017-0004
      • Organization:
      • Submitter Name:
        Kirstin Cender-Stark
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