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For many veterans, it can be hard to return to normal life, performing daily activities, connecting with others, or managing stress of what they've been through.
Service dogs can add assistance and joy to a veteran's life. In addition, helping train a service dog can enhance a veteran's experience back at home and help him or her manage PTSD.
Tony Baker, Senior Policy Advisor at Office of Congresswoman Betty Sutton, contacted the Veterans Site to provide an update on legislation that would help veterans get their lives back.
The Dog Training Therapy Act would direct the VA to carry out a pilot program to help train service dogs for veterans in need of therapeutic care for post-deployment mental health and post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms. This legislation is necessary in providing veterans with alternative care that can be integral to their recovery.
Sign in support of the Dog Training Therapy Act today!
Dear Congresswoman Betty Sutton:
Recently, one of your advisors contacted the Veterans Site to give an update on current legislation aimed at taking care of veterans when they return home from service.
It's no secret that many of our dedicated soldiers are coming home with the wounds of war — depression, combat flashbacks, and PTSD. Often, coming home from battle can mean returning to another, more perilous war at home — a war inside the mind, and one that cannot be won without help from outside sources.
That's why the Dog Training Therapy Act is so important. This piece of legislation would direct the VA to carry out a pilot program to help train service dogs for veterans in need of therapeutic care for post-deployment mental health and post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms.
With over 6,000 veterans committing suicide each year — the number one cause of death for our veterans today — this therapy funding is necessary.
Thank you for advocating on behalf of our veterans. I hope you will fight hard for the passage of the Dog Training Therapy Act.