BREAKING NEWS: PAWS Act Passes!
You brought service dogs to veterans in need.
NAVC advocates sent hundreds of letters to Congress in support of the PAWS Act. And thanks to you, the bill will now be signed into law by President Biden.
Want to learn more about the PAWS Act? Don’t miss our podcast with Congressman John Rutherford and K9s for Warriors CEO, Rory Diamond. You can also read more about the bill’s passage here.
This legislation, technically called the Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers for Veterans Therapy Act, will finally bring the incredible benefits of a trained service dog to veterans living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Specifically, it gives the Department of Veterans Affairs authority to use trained service dogs as a treatment option for veterans with PTSD – an option that was not previously available despite evidence that trained service dogs reduce suicidal ideation among these veterans. The bill also extends veterinary health insurance benefits to veterans with service dogs to assist with ongoing care for the dog.
This is an exciting moment and proof that your voice matters!