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Short Titles as Introduced

PAWS Act of 2019
Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers Act of 2019

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Official Title as Introduced

To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a grant program under which the Secretary shall make grants to private entities for the provision of service dogs to eligible veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, and for other purposes.


Actions Overview (1)

Date Actions Overview
06/05/2019Introduced in House

All Actions (3)

Date All Actions
06/17/2019Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
Action By: Committee on Veterans' Affairs
06/05/2019Referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
Action By: House of Representatives
06/05/2019Introduced in House
Action By: House of Representatives

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
House Veterans' Affairs06/05/2019 Referred to
House Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Health06/17/2019 Referred to

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Introduced in House (06/05/2019)

Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers Act of 2019 or the PAWS Act of 2019

This bill requires the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to implement a grant program for the purpose of pairing service dogs with eligible veterans. Organizations that receive grants shall provide veterinary health insurance coverage, hardware, and travel expenses for each service dog and veteran participating in the program.

Eligible veterans are those who (1) are enrolled in the VA health care system, (2) have been evaluated and treated for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) but remain diagnosed with PTSD, (3) may benefit from a service dog, and (4) agree to successfully complete training provided by an eligible organization. Veterans are required to see a VA health care provider at least once every six months to determine whether the veteran continues to benefit from a service dog.

Eligible organizations are nonprofit organizations that

  • provide service dogs to veterans with PTSD,
  • meet publicly available standards set forth by the Association of Service Dog Providers for Military Veterans,
  • have expertise in the needs of veterans with PTSD,
  • agree to cover all costs in excess of the grant amount to guarantee the benefits of the program,
  • agree to reaccept or replace a service dog provided to a veteran, and
  • submit an application to the VA.

Any improvement in PTSD symptoms as a result of the provision of a service dog shall not affect the veteran's eligibility for any other VA benefits.

The Government Accountability Office must report on the grant program.