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Schumer wants VA to provide dogs to more vets

In this Feb. 24, 2010, file photo, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., speaks at a rally on Capitol Hill in Washington. Five major airlines have agreed not to follow Spirit Airlines in instituting fees for carry-on luggage, and New York Sen. Charles Schumer said he was hopeful other carriers would follow suit. Schumer said Sunday, April 18, 2010 that he had received commitments from American, Delta, JetBlue, United and US Air. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez, File)

" class="fancy" rel="story_group" href="http://media.graytvinc.com/images/Senator-SchumerCharles.jpg"> Sen. Charles Schumer of New York is releasing a letter to the Veterans Administration asking that it rescind its directive.

In this Feb. 24, 2010, file photo, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., speaks at a rally on Capitol Hill in Washington. Five major airlines have agreed not to follow Spirit Airlines in instituting fees for carry-on luggage, and New York Sen. Charles Schumer said he was hopeful other carriers would follow suit. Schumer said Sunday, April 18, 2010 that he had received commitments from American, Delta, JetBlue, United and US Air. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez, File)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Veterans with physical impairments can get reimbursed for the cost of having a service dog help them, but a new Veterans Administration directive is delaying compensation for veterans with mental and emotional concerns until further research is completed.

Sen. Charles Schumer of New York is releasing a letter to the Veterans Administration asking that it rescind its directive. He says the benefit of service dogs for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and other emotional concerns is already clear and no further research is needed.

The Veterans Administration issued a statement that it hasn't been able to determine a medical benefit for the dogs to veterans with mental illness. The agency says research is needed and should be completed by 2014 to justify the expense.


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