House Oks bill allowing veterans with PTSD to have service dogs

A state representative's bill will provide more service dogs to veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. The Texas House passed Bill 489 this week, sending it to the Senate by a 120 to 21 vote. Current laws regarding animal assistance define a "person with a disability"  as someone with mental retardation, hearing impairment, deafness, speech  impairment, visual impairment, or any health impairment that requires special  ambulatory devices or services. House bill 489, written by State Representative, José Menéndez, a Democrat from San Antonio, defines a service dog as a canine that helps the blind, deaf, physically disabled, mentally ill, people with seizure disorders and those with PTSD, including veterans.

According to the bill, okayed by the House, PTSD was not previously considered to be a disability that called for a service dog's assistance.

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