Springfield…. Today House Bill 2897, introduced by Rep. Dave Severin (R-Benton), passed the Senate by a unanimous vote. The bill aims to make sure that veterans suffering from PTSD or depression are included under those eligible to receive a service dogs from the Helping Paws Program free of charge.
“I am very pleased to see that the Helping Paws legislation has passed the Senate,” Severin said. “The bill makes a simple change to the programs list of eligible individuals, yet it will have an incredible impact on the lives of veterans suffering from PTSD or depression.”
The Helping Paws Service Dog Program already trains and provides dogs to individuals for a range of health issues, HB 2897 adds veterans to that pool. The bill now heads to the Governor’s desk for his consideration.