Rep. Zeldin Applauds House Passage of the PAWS for Veterans Therapy Act
WASHINGTON - Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) issued the following statement on House passage of H.R. 4305, the Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers (PAWS) for Veterans Therapy Act, which he cosponsors. H.R. 4305 authorizes the Department of Veterans Affairs to carry out a pilot program on dog training therapy. This legislation specifically directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to partner with non-profit organizations that specialize in working with veterans and service dogs to provide veterans with service dogs in training. Veterans will then have the opportunity to adopt the dog after they are fully trained for therapy purposes.
“Our veterans have risked everything to defend our freedoms and protect our great nation. Unfortunately, many of our nation’s veterans struggle with the invisible wounds of war we have come to know as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI),” said Congressman Zeldin “Over the years, it has become clear that the therapy service dogs provide is one of the best treatments for our veterans suffering from PTSD, TBI, and more. Our veterans deserve nothing but the highest quality of care once they return home, and as a cosponsor of this bill, I applaud the House for taking swift action to expand that care."