Connecting Veterans with PTSD with Service Dogs, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on National Security of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, Second Session, April 14, 2016   [open pdf - 2MB]

This is the April 14, 2016 hearing on "Connecting Veterans with PTSD [Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder] with Service Dogs" held before the House of Representatives Subcommittee on National Security of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. From the opening statement of Subcommittee Chairman Ron DeSantis: "Veteran suicides continue to be a national epidemic. Veterans are estimated to have a suicide rate that is 50 percent higher than those who did not serve in the military. A major driver of suicide rates is the incident of posttraumatic stress among our veterans. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), between 11 and 20 percent of those who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and/or Enduring Freedom suffer from PTS. [...] One treatment that complements existing therapies is the connection of veterans with PTS with service dogs. These are not comfort dogs or therapy dogs, as useful as those might be. Service dogs perform valuable services for veterans, calming them during a panic attack, turning on lights in a dark home, waking them from nightmares. [...] Veterans cannot wait until 2018 for the VA to introduce the low-cost, low-risk, and high-reward treatment option. The problem of veteran suicide is too urgent. For this reason, I have introduced the Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers Act of 2016, cosponsored by many of my fellow committee members, including members on both sides of the aisle." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Michael Fallon, Rory Diamond, Cole Lyle, and Steve Feldman.

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Serial Number 114-118; Serial No. 114-118
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