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Committee on Veterans' AffairsCommittee on Armed ServicesIntroducedJuly 30th, 2013
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Wounded Warrior Service Dog Act of 2013
To establish a grant program to encourage the use of assistance dogs by certain members of the Armed Forces and veterans.
Wounded Warrior Service Dog Act of 2013 - Directs the Secretaries of Defense (DOD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) to jointly establish the K-9 Companion Corps program for the awarding of grants to assist nonprofit organizations in establishing, planning, designing, and/or operating programs to provide assistance dogs to certain members of the Armed Forces and veterans who have certain disabilities. Defines "assistance dog" to mean a dog specifically trained to perform physical tasks to mitigate the effects of such a disability, except that such term does not include a dog specifically trained for comfort or personal defense.
I think this a great way to provide emotional support to returning veterans who are physically or mentally injured. There are so many dogs in shelters and so many men and women in need. This would be an incredible way to help them readjust to everyday life. I also support prison training programs like the one in Morgantown, WV where prisoners are allowed to work with and train service dogs. This should be at all BOP facilities. It’s a way for prisoners to give back and give to those who need it most.