Congressman Greg Walden

Representing the 2nd District of Oregon

Greg Walden Applauds House Passage of Legislation to Help Veterans with PTSD

February 7, 2020
Press Release

Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) released a statement after the House unanimously passed  the Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers (PAWS) for Veterans Therapy Act. Walden co-sponsored the legislation that would enable the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide service dog training therapy to veterans in need. 

“The House’s unanimous passage of the PAWS Act is welcome news for the many veterans struggling with PTSD and other mental health-related challenges. This bill will better equip VA with the tools necessary to treat PTSD. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to mental health and it is important we provide cutting-edge treatments to those who have bravely served our country. I think almost everyone, at one point or another, has experienced the healing effects of dogs,” said Walden.

Veterans participating in this program will learn how to train a service dog for them to adopt or give to a fellow former service member in need. For people struggling with mental health, service dogs have been shown to relieve the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), improve interpersonal relationships, lower the risk of substance abuse, and improve overall health.

You can learn more about the PAWS Act here.