Hurd Helps Create Canine Pilot Program to Support Veterans
WASHINGTON, DC — Today U.S. Representative Will Hurd (TX-23) joined his colleagues in passing a bipartisan bill to begin a pilot program for service dogs to assist veterans affected by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The PAWS for Veterans Therapy Act (H.R. 4305) establishes a five-year pilot program under the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs giving eligible veterans with PTSD or post-deployment mental health the opportunity to train service dogs and eventually adopt them.
“Recent research shows the suicide rate among veterans is 1.5 times the rate for non-veteran adults. Our servicemen and women fight so that we may enjoy the freedoms we take for granted, and we owe it to them to do everything we can to provide programs that meet their healthcare needs,” said Hurd, who represents 45,000 military veterans across South and West Texas. “This bipartisan bill establishes a great program that is backed by evidence-based research, and I look forward to continuing to fight for our Texas veterans.”
As a member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, Rep. Hurd was instrumental in securing funding for veteran therapy programs like this.