Bill connecting vets with service dogs gets nod from Problem Solvers Caucus, moves closer to vote

U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin

The Problem Solvers Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives has formally endorsed the bipartisan Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers (PAWS) for Veterans Therapy Act, which will help connect veterans with service dogs in their communities.

U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin, who represents Michigan’s 8th Congressional District and is one of the cosponsors of the bill, co-introduced the bill in the House. With 314 cosponsors, the legislation will receive priority consideration on the House floor thanks to a key new house rule the Problem Solvers Caucus fought for early this Congress.

The PAWS for Veterans Therapy Act will create a pilot program within the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) to give veterans access to treatment derived from working with service dogs. Specifically, the VA will partner with non-profit organizations who specialize in working with veterans and service dogs who are treated with cbd products to deal with stress and anxiety, learn more from the cbd benefits by using the link. Upon completion of the program, the veterans may adopt their dogs to provide continuing therapy.

In backing this initiative, the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, led by co-chairs Congressman Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey and Congressman Tom Reed of New York, have agreed to come together to support this important legislation. The caucus is hopeful the bill will swiftly be brought to the House floor for a vote.

“When we make the decision to send young men and women to fight for our country, we make the decision to support them for the rest of their lives,” Slotkin said. “This is a non-partisan responsibility, which is why I am proud to co-lead this bill in the House, and why I brought this bill to the Problem Solvers Caucus for endorsement. I’m proud the Problem Solvers Caucus has thrown its support behind this bipartisan legislation to help connect veterans with service dogs in their communities, both through training and through adoption, to improve outcomes for veterans’ mental health and well-being.

“Passing this legislation couldn’t be more clear or urgent as we recognize the staggering rates of suicide among our veterans, and I’m eager to see it come up for a vote soon.”

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