New Law Makes it Easier for Veterans to Adopt Service Dogs

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Under the new law, the VA will partner with nonprofit organizations to allow veterans to train service dogs & adopt them for service use in their own lives.

By Amelia Buckley for The Optimist Daily: Making Solutions the News
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New Law Makes it Easier for Veterans to Adopt Service Dogs

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has launched a new program that aims to make service dogs more available to veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The newly-signed Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers (PAWS) for Veterans Therapy Act is the result of years of work from veteran advocates and was supported by bipartisan lawmakers. Under the new law, the VA will partner with nonprofit organizations to allow veterans to train service dogs and then if they choose, adopt them for service use in their own lives.

30 percent of veterans experience PTSD, and the aid of a service dog has been shown to reduce symptoms of PTSD, reduce symptoms of depression, improve interpersonal relationships, and reduce substance abuse.

By Amelia Buckley for The Optimist Daily: Making Solutions the News
© 2021 The Optimist Daily – All Rights Reserved

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