Under a proposed pilot project, House Armed Services Committee member Congressman Walter B. Jones (R, NC) is pushing the Defense Department to provide service dogs to service members injured in the line of duty.
Certain injured service members with limited mobility would benefit from these extraordinary animals while they remain on active duty. He is proposing a two-year pilot program to test the concept.
What do you think?
Some background on dogs in the military:
There are already a few dogs who have been deployed to Iraq as therapy dogs:
Says Major Stacie Caswell, commander of the 85th Medical Detachment, “Dogs have been the unsung heroes of our war efforts. Bringing therapy dogs into Iraq will take dogs to the next level on the battlefield. The therapy dogs will be another method that our Combat Stress teams can use to break down mental health stigma and assist soldiers.”
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