Dems tout veteran programs at DNC; cut service dog funding for PTSD vets

Numerous speakers at the Democratic National Convention talked about the Obama administration’s care for wounded veterans this past week.

Yet the Obama administration announced during the convention it was ending a program run by the Department of Veterans Affairs that provides service dogs for veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

The Obama administration still will continue to subsidize service dogs for veterans with visual, hearing or mobility disorders related to their service, but it says it does not find any medical need to provide them for PTSD sufferers.

PTSD can be among the most debilitating psychological outcomes from war and frequently can lead to suicide and other anti-social behaviors among returning veterans untreated.

“We have a waitlist that exceeds 600, and we’re just one organization,” Lindsey Stanek, CEO of Paws and Stripes, a non-profit that provides service dogs to veterans, told ABC News in reference to a Federal Registry estimate that “100 new service dogs would be provided to veterans each year.

“These disabilities affect the whole family. It’s a bigger issue then being stamped and hurried along,” she added. “If you can’t see something wrong at first glance, it doesn’t mean that it isn’t there.”