Armed Forces News

Veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) would have service dogs provided to them through the Department of Veterans Affairs, under a measure now pending before Congress. Sponsored by Rep. John Rutherford, R-Fla., the Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers Act would provide a working relationship between VA and organizations like K9s for Warriors, with the purpose of pairing PTSD sufferers with dogs that could address their therapeutic needs. VA would provide such organizations with grants up to $25,000 for their services. The organizations would have to meet standards set by the Association of Service Dog Providers for Military Veterans. Federal funding would be capped at $10 million between fiscal year 2019, which began last Oct. 1, and fiscal year 2022, which ends Sept. 30 of that year. Eligible veterans would have to be enrolled in VA’s system and have a PTSD diagnosis from a qualified health care provider.