U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (MI-08) today joined President Joe Biden at the White House to witness the Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers (PAWS) for Veterans Therapy Act be signed into law. The PAWS Act, which Rep. Slotkin has led in two consecutive Congresses, will help connect veterans with service dogs in their communities via a new program administered by the Veterans Affairs Administration. The bill passed the House in May and the Senate in August with overwhelming bipartisan support. Continue reading More on the PAWS Act→
I wasn’t really feeling a Friday Funny today after yesterday’s horrific news from Afghanistan, but I was able to find some good news to start your weekend off on a positive note: President Biden has signed the PAWS Act into law, allowing veterans to more easily get a service dog to help with their PTSD. Continue reading Good News Friday→
If you follow this blog fairly regularly, you know I have a soft spot for dogs and veterans. The US House of Representatives has now passed a resolution (#4305) that includes both. Here’s the bill summary from the congressional website:
Puppies Assisting Wounded Service Members for Veterans Therapy Act or the PAWS for Veterans Therapy Act
This bill requires the Department of Veterans Affairs to implement a pilot program to assess the effectiveness of addressing post-deployment mental health and post-traumatic stress disorder through a method where veterans train service dogs for veterans with disabilities.
Read the full text, if you’d like, then call your Senators and ask them to make sure the bill comes up for a vote in the Senate.
Let’s get this bill passed, as it helps both the dogs and the vets.