Sounds like an awesome idea. I understand the VA may be concerned with the efficacy of such a program. So, what is the problem with a pilot program over a reasonable timeline, less than a year, that quantifies the costs and benefits? Don’t just say No! There is a lot of anecdotal and related pragmatic programs that show that dogs can be helpful as companions and that the care for dogs can be therapeutic. I know of a couple of nursing homes who have noted benefits of having a dog in their facility in calming residents and improving their outlook on life through their visits with their non judgmental dog friend who’s companionship was unconditional. I think it is a very good idea and could be very helpful.