Under this final rule, VA will provide to veterans with visual, hearing, or mobility impairments benefits to support the use of a service dog as part of the management of such impairments.
Under the new reg. benefits will expand from Guide Dogs only to include Hearing Dogs, and some other Service Dogs but does not include Psychiatric Service Dogs
In a previous thread I showed where there was a current review on the benefits of PSDs for Vets. It has been stated that when the 3 year study has been completed that the status of PSDs will be readdressed and considered at that time.
On 10-02-11 I posted the following quote:
In 2009, Congress authorized VA to provide service dogs for the aid
of persons with mental illnesses by amending section 1714. Although VA
welcomes the possibility that trained dogs may provide valuable
services to veterans diagnosed with certain mental illness, at this
time we do not have any scientific data to determine, from a purely
clinical standpoint, whether or when service dogs are most
appropriately provided to veterans with mental illness, including post-
traumatic stress disorder. In the National Defense Authorization Act
for Fiscal Year 2010, Pub. L. 111-84 (2009), Congress mandated a 3-year
study on the effectiveness of dogs for mental health purposes. The
results of this study will help us learn more about the services that
trained dogs can provide for veterans diagnosed with mental health
conditions. Upon the completion of the study and analysis of its
results, VA may revise its regulations in order to provide this service
to our veterans.