Legislation Introduced for Retired Military Dogs

Legislation Introduced for Retired Military Dogs

New legislation was introduced recently that will provide retired military and other government dogs with grant money to cover their medical care.

The bill, called the K-9 Hero Act, will provide funding to nonprofits to disperse to owners of retired dogs. Rep. Ron Wright, from Texas, hopes to get $5 million to fund the program over the next 5 years.

While introducing the bill, Wright said:

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“During the successful special forces mission that resulted in the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, we witnessed firsthand what an asset our federal working dogs can be. Once these heroes retire from service, the medical treatment they need is often significant enough to create a financial hardship for the individuals who care for them.”

K-9 dogs who have seen military action or served with government agencies often have high medical bills due to injuries they can receive while working. If the bill is approved, the grant money will be used for dogs who have been used by the Department of Defense, Border Patrol, FBI, TSA and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive.

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