HABRI Salutes Passage of the Puppies Aiding Wounded Servicemembers (PAWS) for Veterans Remedy Act

The Human Animal Bond Analysis Institute (HABRI) lauded the passage of H.R. 1448, the Puppies Aiding Wounded Servicemembers (PAWS) for Veterans Remedy Act, which was signed into legislation by President Biden yesterday. The PAWS for Veterans Remedy Act directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to implement a five-year pilot program to offer canine coaching to eligible veterans identified with post-traumatic stress dysfunction as a component of a complementary and integrative well being program and authorizes the VA to offer service canine to veterans with psychological diseases.

“HABRI is proud to have funded key scientific analysis demonstrating the efficacy of service canine as a complementary remedy for veterans with PTSD,” mentioned Steven Feldman, President of HABRI.

The U.S. Division of Veterans Affairs (VA) has documented that PTSD impacts greater than 15 p.c of put up 9/11 conflict veterans. With an alarming 17 suicides per day, addressing the psychological well being of veterans is an pressing disaster.

With the assist of the pet care neighborhood, HABRI funded the primary pilot research investigating the efficacy of service canine as a complementary, therapeutic intervention for veterans with PTSD. Outcomes of this research, performed by Dr.