Can Veterans and Dogs Team Up To Help Each Other?
Please consider joining in a study of dog adoption for Veterans with PTSD, a collaborative project of the VA and the San Antonio Humane Society.
Veterans with PTSD who have had a dog previously, but have not had a pet in the past 12 months. There are also other requirements, which the staff of the study will be glad to discuss with you.
|I would love a home|
Half the Veterans will be randomly assigned, like the flipping of a coin, to adopt a dog immediately, while the other half will adopt a dog after three months. The adoption fee will be waived.
Veterans will select the dog of their choice (some restrictions apply, such as animal ages and breeds), and participate in eight weeks of obedience training at no charge.
There will be five visits to the Audie L. Murphy VA Hospital over the course of six months, each lasting 1-2 hours, 3 scheduled home visits, and 2 veterinary clinic visits, as well as brief phone calls between the visits.
Veterans will be responsible for the costs of caring for their pet, except for veterinary care, which will be provided free of charge.
Yes. Veterans can receive up to $490 for completing the 6-month study. Payments will be made regularly as parts of the study are completed.
|I need someone to love|
Not at all. Veterans will continue to receive whatever treatments their mental health provider feels are most appropriate for their PTSD.
The chief risks are fatigue, or inconvenience, veterans might experience from participating in the study visits.
Veterans who participate may experience a decrease in their PTSD symptoms and an improvement in their quality of life.
Although we cannot guarantee any benefits, all participants will have the satisfaction of knowing that they are helping the many other Veterans with this disorder while giving a home to a homeless animal.
No. Being in the study is entirely voluntary. You are free not to participate and may withdraw from the study at any time.
|Aren't I adorable?|
Dr. Ana Allegretti
(210) 617-5300, Ext. 16079
Contributed to Memoirs From Nam By:
Public Affairs Officer
District 20, Texas VFW
“I am only one, but I am one. I can't do everything, but I can do something. The something I ought to do, I can do, and by the grace of God, I will.” ~Everett Hale
Do you have an opinion, or a comment, you would like to share about this post? Click on the comment button.