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Results of VA study on PTSD and service dogs

See also: VA study team responses to National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine review: Monograph 1, Monograph 2

As authorized by Congress, VA completed a study to determine if service dogs can help Veterans with PTSD. The first of two monographs (Monograph 1) describing the study and reporting its overall results was posted here in 2021. The second monograph (Monograph 2), focused on health economics and cost-effectiveness findings from the study, is now publicly available as well.

Evaluating different treatment options for Veterans coping with PTSD and other mental health issues is a top priority for VA. The study team and affected clinical program offices, which include VA's Office of Research and Development, Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, and Rehabilitation and Prosthetic Services, are undertaking a thorough review of the findings and their interpretation. VA is working to refine conclusions and recommendations and fully understand policy implications of the results.

As required by Section 1077 of P.L. 111-84, Monographs 1 and 2 were reviewed by the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM). 

To learn more about VA’s Service Dog Veterinary Health Benefit, visit Read more about VA research on PTSD at

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