Re-Introduce the PAWS Act!
A new Congress means any legislation that failed to pass in 2018 must be re-introduced in 2019. The Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers Act (PAWS Act) deserves another chance in Congress.
You understand the healing effect of the human-animal bond. The PAWS Act could bring that unique brand of medicine to the men and women who have bravely served overseas in the Armed Forces. There are over 19 million veterans living in the United States, 2.5 million having served in Iraq and/or Afghanistan. Many of these soldiers return home wounded physically and emotionally - resulting in an average of 20 veteran suicides every day.
The PAWS Act would provide grants of $25,000 to nonprofits approved by Assistance Dogs International (A.D.I.) to train and connect service dogs with veterans in need. These dogs are required to pass the American Kennel Club’s Good Canine Citizen Test and the A.D.I. Public Access Test prior to being placed with a veteran.
Take Action: Help expand access to the benefits trained service and therapy animals can provide to our wounded warriors living with traumatic brain injuries, debilitating physical injuries, and emotional pain.
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