A bill was introduced to the House of Representatives last Wednesday and could mean that veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder will have their own service dog to help them cope with the trauma of war.
This is seriously one of the coolest bills I’ve seen proposed in a long time, and God knows that our veterans deserve more than the VA has given them lately.
The “Puppies Assisting Wounded Service members” Act, or PAWS, was introduced by Ron DeSantis, a Florida Republican. According to the language in the bill, the VA will basically contract out dog trainers to supply to dogs for the program. Also according to the bill, the VA would be allowed $27,000 per dog, as long as the dog has been accredited by Assistance Dog International.
This program has requested $10 million to get started. Many veterans across our country could benefit tremendously from having a service dog. It has been scientifically proven that just the presence of a dog can caused the brain to produce more endorphins, which is the chemical that makes you feel happier.
While $10 million may seem like a lot of money, just think about how many expensive government programs we have already paid for. For example, as of last year the VA had spent a total of $175 million just maintaining vacant buildings, yet our veterans often time have trouble finding the help that they need through the VA.
Also in 2015, $2.1 million was spent trying to promote tourism to Lebanon, a country that our own State Department has deemed unsafe due to ongoing safety and security concerns.
Trust me, there’s a ton more of crazy and unnecessary government spending.
My favorite example of wasteful spending in 2015 was the extra $104.4 million spent that was intended for the subsidizing of housing for low income families, but was actually given to people who made much more than the income named reasonable for the eligibility of subsidies. To find even more ridiculous examples of government spending, you can simply search “Wastebook 2015” online. I will warn you though, reading through the lists of some of these things is so infuriating. Jeff Flake, the author of Wastebook, also has several other articles highlighting the wasteful spending of the EPA and other Federal agencies as well.
My point here is this, if the government can throw millions of dollars at other “programs” or “studies,” then they can find the extra money to provide veterans not only with the medical staffing that they deserve, but the possibility of having a life long furry friend to help them get through some of the hardest times of their lives.
Money can be shuffled around, or maybe our government shouldn’t spend almost a million dollars on studies, like whether being HANGRY (anger caused by hunger) is a real thing.
Yes, your tax dollars paid for this, and yes you have every right to be mad about it. It just seems to me that we have bigger priorities, one of them being our service men and women.