VA To Fund Service Dogs For Veterans With PTSD

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The House passed a bill Wednesday that would allow the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to begin a project connecting service dogs and veterans.


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The bill, if implemented, could be critical step to improve Veterans’ mental health care.

The Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers for Veterans Therapy Act, authored by Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio), would launch a program presenting federal grants to nonprofits providing service dogs to veterans suffering mental health issues. The VA would assess the effectiveness of dog therapy, according to a Stars and Stripes report.

“Our veterans fought for our freedom, and I’ve heard from many veterans who say that’s exactly what their service dog gives them – freedom.” Stivers said. “They’re free to go to restaurants, to fly on planes, to go to the movies, things that post-traumatic stress [disorder] had made impossible.”

Read more at thehill.com

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