The Oregon House veterans affairs committee is looking into a House Bill 2159 that would establish a veteran's program addressing the need to pair service dogs with veterans suffering from PTSD, and to study the effectiveness of the dogs.This would be a 2-year pilot program; and would need $75,000 from the general fund.
In addition, House Joint Memorial 1, attached to the House Bill 2159, would urge U.S. Congress to overturn a US Department of Veterans Affairs decision that actually prohibits covering costs of such pairing of service or therapy dogs for "veterans with emotional and mental disabilities."
Rep. Julie Parrish, a co-chairwoman of the House Veterans' Services and Emergency Preparedness Committee, was quoted in OregonLive, Feb 19, 2013, saying, veterans "rarely come to the Legislature to ask for our help. And even when they do, the money is tight because other interest groups squeak louder than our veterans." The committee held a hearing on Feb 20, 2013.