Congressman Ron DeSantis (FL-R) understands how it feels to be a veteran because he is one and last week he addressed a topic many have not: veteran post traumatic stress.
He spoke at an event put on by the Military Veteran Caucus highlighting the benefit of service dogs.
The event also demonstrated the failure of the VA to move forward on the issue of service dogs. While the VA was supposed to have completed a study in 2013 showing the benefits of service dogs for PTS-afflicted veterans, the study now will not be completed for several more years. Because of this shortfall many veterans are left in the dark.
That is why DeSantis is trying to pass the PAWS Act so veterans can start obtaining service dogs through the VA. He believes this measure will “strike a blow against veteran suicides.”
Veteran post traumatic stress is real and not enough has been done to address it. DeSantis is trying to change that.
A lot of veterans leave the military and are traumatized. Service dogs provide comfort and are trained to know when a person is in need. Whether the veteran has panic attacks going into a store or has nightmares at night, the service dog helps them by easing their stress or waking them up and comforting them.
One local group that provides service dogs to veterans are K9’s For Warriors. They are based out of Ponte Verde, Florida. You can read about them here: http://www.k9sforwarriors.org/