Central Texas veteran says he needs new prescription for service dog
Chris Evans, a 12-year Army combat veteran, said he needs a new prescription for a service dog to help him cope with his post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, but he’s having to put up a fight to get it.
"I was even told by the mental health provider that 'we've never given out service animal prescriptions' and that's wrong because I actually have one in my possession,” he said Tuesday.
On what appears to be a prescription piece of paper are the words "veteran needs service dog."
Evans said he still has nightmares every night and goes through other emotional issues associated with PTSD, but Hank, the Malamute he trained helps.
"You deal with depression, anxiety, impulsivity issues on a daily bases, it's eventually going to get to you. When I have my episodes, he comes up and provides emotional support. So he feels when I get upset, angry, irritated, or otherwise, he comes at me and calms me down."
Evans is retiring the nearly 12-year-old animal.
He's currently training another service animal, Apollo, the Great Dane.
Also, if Evans moves his family from the home in which they now live to an apartment or a rental home, he said he needs documentation to show the dog is a service animal and not a pet.
VA officials in Waco did not immediately respond to a request for a comment.