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Give Veterans' Groups the Resources They Need to Obtain Service Dogs

Give Veterans' Groups the Resources They Need to Obtain Service Dogs 

Name: Wounded Warrior Service Dog Act

Bill Number: HR 2625

Servicemen and women often return home after a tour of duty with physical and emotional injuries, making it difficult to transition back into civilian life. Pairing veterans with a service animal or emotional support animal has been proven to help alleviate their emotional wounds and anxiety. The Wounded Warrior Service Dog Act would direct the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs to jointly establish the K-9 Service Corps Program. This program would award grants to assist nonprofit organizations in establishing, planning, designing and operating programs to provide assistance dogs to members of the Armed Forces and veterans who have certain disabilities.  

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Please Help Veterans Acquire Assistance Dogs

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to ask your support for HR 2625, which would direct the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs to jointly establish the K-9 Service Corps Program. This program would award grants to assist nonprofit organizations in establishing, planning, designing and operating programs to provide assistance dogs to members of the Armed Forces and veterans who have certain disabilities.

When our troops return home, many of them are suffering with physical and emotional injuries that make it difficult to transition back into civilian life. Pairing veterans with a service animal or emotional support animals has been proven to help alleviate the emotional wounds and anxiety they face.

Service dogs can be trained to turn on the lights to interrupt a veteran's nightmare or to remind a veteran to take medication by alerting him or her at the proper time. They can even prevent a veteran from being startled by nudging him or her gently when someone is unexpectedly approaching or by blocking a person who is coming too close to the veteran.

We owe it to our veterans to provide them with the support they need.

I hope that you will give your full support to the passage of this measure before the end of the current legislative session.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]