House passes Staten Island Rep. Michael Grimm’s bill that matches vets with dogs
The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation on October 11, 2011 that would create up to five pilot programs at VA medical centers across the country modeled after the Paws for Purple Hearts program. The Veterans Dog Training Therapy Act, H.R. 198, was sponsored by Rep. Michael Grimm, (R-NY). Under the legislation, veterans will be able to address their post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) through therapeutic dog training and handling. The trained service dogs will then be given to physically disabled veterans to help them meet their daily challenges. The legislation now moves to the U.S. Senate for action.