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Bilirakis Introduces Pups for Patriots Act

July 20, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis (FL-12), Vice Chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs (VA) Committee, introduced the Pups for Patriots Act. This legislation promotes the use of service dogs for Veterans by establishing a new VA pilot program working with nonprofit service dog organizations.

“The benefits of service dog therapy can in some ways go beyond anything that comes in a pill bottle. My legislation would help support service dog therapy as an alternative treatment by connecting the VA to the many qualified nonprofits nationwide who train and provide service dogs. Many of us have known the unconditional love dogs bring to our lives. This bond can do wonders to help our nation’s heroes as they deal with their invisible wounds,” said Bilirakis.

This is not the first time Bilirakis has advocated for alternative treatments for Veterans. Last year, his bill, the COVER Act, was signed into law to promote treatments like outdoor sports therapy, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, accelerated resolution therapy, and more.