Summary: H.R.3885 — 111th Congress (2009-2010)All Information (Except Text)

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Passed House without amendment (05/25/2010)

(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The expanded summary of the House reported version is repeated here.)

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.