Rep. Herrell Introduces Legislation to Provide Service Dogs to Veterans Faster
WASHINGTON - Rep. Yvette Herrell has introduced the Veterans’ Affairs (VA) Canine Reporting Act of 2021, which would speed up the process for America's veterans who need service dogs from the VA. Service dogs have proven to be a vital tool in promoting mental health and giving physical assistance to former members of the U.S. military, but veterans often experience long delays.
"Tragically, since the Vietnam War, suicide and mental health issues in the military have steadily increased," said Rep. Herrell. "Many of these suicides are due to post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. Service dogs have long been a helpful and necessary resource for veterans in their everyday lives, but veterans often end up waiting a year or more before being paired with a loyal canine companion. My legislation would help veterans in need by reducing the time that it takes to pair a veteran with a service dog."
The legislation is co-sponsored by Rep. David McKinley (R-WV), Rep. Thomas Tiffany (R-WI), Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL), Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar (R-FL), Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL), Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL), and Rep. John Moolenaar (R-MI).
The bill text may be read here.