H. R. 4305, pilot program for dogs to assist wounded service members

Full title: H. R. 4305, Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers for Veterans Therapy Act

Summary: To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a pilot program on dog training therapy. (Cosponsors, Bipartisan)

ANGIE CRAIG’S POSITION:  Representative Craig Cosponsored the bill on 12/18/19.

STATUS: Introduced 09/12/19 by Rep. Stivers, Steve [R-OH-15] .

  • Passed by voice vote on 2/5/20.


  • “A soldier under my command during Operation Iraqi Freedom recently told me what his service dog means to him: he was able to fly on a plane for the first time in 10 years and he took his fiancée to dinner.  That is the impact this bill can have on the lives of our veterans,” Representative Stivers said.  “I’m incredibly grateful to our coalition for their efforts to create this program, and I look forward to getting this bill signed into law so that our veterans can receive the care they need.” (Source: Rep. Stivers, Press Release, 9/12/19)
  • The PAWs Act was introduced to Congress June 5th by Congressman John Rutherford and, if passed, will require the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide service dogs to veterans diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The bill is supported by Semper K9 Assistance Dogs. (Source: Semper K9)


Link to the text of the bill.

Link to bill information (support and opposition) on Countable.