This is an online article by Molly Segal of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reporting that "Some provincial branches of the Royal Canadian Legion are no longer using poppy funds to help pay for service dogs to treat post-traumatic stress disorder for veterans." The reason given is complaints by service members that some dogs funded by the Legion are poorly trained. The Legion is urging that Canadian national training standards for psychiatric service be developed. The Canadian Veterans Affairs Minister Erin O'Toole announces a pilot research study on service dogs and PTSD, and says, "While we're doing this pilot we want to put together national standards to try to see how we can ensure that if a veteran gets a dog that it's going to meet their needs and it's going to provide a benefit."
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
|Date||12 March 2015|
|Publication Title||Legions Pause Funding PTSD Service Dogs Over Training Concerns (Ottawa Promises Standards to regulate "Wild West" Animal Market)|
|Publisher||Canadian Broadcasting Corporation|
|Author Address||Molly Segal|
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