H.R. 3885 (111th): Veterans Dog Training Therapy Act

Oct 21, 2009 (111th Congress, 2009–2010)
Died (Passed House)
Henry Brown Jr.
Representative for South Carolina's 1st congressional district
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Last Updated
May 26, 2010
8 pages

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on May 25, 2010 but was never passed by the Senate.

Introduced Oct 21, 2009
Referred to Committee Oct 21, 2009
Reported by Committee May 12, 2010
Passed House May 25, 2010
Full Title

To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a pilot program on dog training therapy.


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On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass
May 25, 2010 6 p.m.
Passed 403/4

12 cosponsors (9D, 3R) (show)

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5/25/2010--Passed House without amendment.
Veterans Dog Training Therapy Act - Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to carry out a pilot program for assessing the effectiveness of addressing post-deployment mental health and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms through a therapeutic medium of assistance dog training and handling for veterans with disabilities.
Requires the pilot program to be carried out at:
(1) at least three and not more than five VA medical centers over a five-year period; and
(2) centers that provide a training area for educating veterans with mental health conditions in the art and science of assistance dog training and handling.
Directs the Secretary, in hiring instructors under the program, to give a preference to veterans who have successfully graduated from PTSD or other residential treatment programs and received certification in assistance dog training.
Requires the Secretary to report annually to Congress during the duration of the program.

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