Provide Assistance Dogs for Disabled Veterans


Target: Rob Wittman, Chairman of the U.S. Subcommittee on Readiness

Goal: Help provide assistance dogs for veterans with disabilities

An imperative bill that directs the U.S. Secretaries of Veterans Affairs and Defense to establish a program to award competitive grants to nonprofit organizations who train and provide “assistance dogs” to veterans with disabilities is currently being reviewed by lawmakers. Many veterans suffer from mental and physical disabilities, which can severely interfere with daily life. Assistance dogs are specially trained to perform tasks to alleviate the negative effects of disabilities like these.

This bill, the “Wounded Warrior Service Dog Act of 2013,” will ensure that qualified organizations have the resources to effectively train and place dogs with disabled veterans, at no cost to them. It also requires that the sponsored organization be committed to humane standards of handling these helpful animals.

Assistance dogs can be trained to help amputees and veterans with mental health issues that arise from their military experiences, like post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries. The support they can provide is astoundingly helpful with a variety of obstacles veterans with disabilities may face. These supportive companions can increase patient mobility and independence, reduce stress, and make patients more comfortable in social situations.

Service members who have been injured while serving their country deserve adequate health resources. The utilization of service dogs can help significantly with everyday life and even reduce dependence on medication. By signing this petition, you will help urge lawmakers to support legislation that will provide resources to competent organizations who train and place assistance dogs with disabled veterans.


Dear Chairman Wittman,

I am writing to you today concerning a valuable piece of legislation that aims to provide crucial therapy to veterans with disabilities. The Wounded Warrior Service Dog Act of 2013 or H.R. 2847 is a bipartisan bill that aims to award competitive grants to organizations who train and provide assistance dogs to disabled veterans. Assistance dogs are specifically trained to perform tasks to alleviate the negative effects of physical and mental injuries, like immobility, post-traumatic stress disorder, and traumatic brain injuries.

Far too many service members who have been injured are not receiving adequate care or relief. Please ensure that these honorable men and women have easier access to these supportive companions. I am strongly urging you to support our veterans with this bill.


[Your Name Here]

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One Comment

  1. paula eaton says:

    Shelter dogs can be trained to help vets. It is a win win situation.

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