Texas House of Representatives Passes Bill to Provide Support Dogs for Military Vets with PTSD

Texas legislation opens door for service dogs for veterans with PTSD.

Austin, Texas — The Texas House of Representatives has made a major move forward in helping military veterans.  On Wednesday, May 1 they passed a bill allowing military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to have service dogs. The bill passed by 120-21 vote and was put forward by Representative Jose Menendez (Democrat – San Antonio). It has moved to the Texas Senate for approval.

The bill expands the kinds of veterans who can get service dogs.  It also guarantees that the dogs are allowed into restaurants and food stores. The penalty for discriminating against a disabled person would be $300 and require community service.

Even as the Texas legislature moved forward, however, there was some concern that the new legislation would make it harder to keep non-service animals out of businesses. Some lawmakers debated how hard it would be for restaurant and other business owners would get into trouble, facing criminal penalties for blocking service dog entry while attempting to verify that an animal is being used to assist a disabled person.

While moving forward in opening doors to dog-assisted humans, the legislature continued to drag their collective feet in service rights by including an amendment that ONLY DOGS could enter public places as service animals. No other animals would be approved

Also, it passed with an amendment clarifying that only dogs — not other service animals — can gain access to certain public places.

Veterans with PTSD suffer from anger and irritability, social withdrawal, startle responses from sudden movements and noises, depression, nightmares, extreme anxiety and panic attacks and other life-disturbing symptoms. PTSD service dogs help veterans afflicted with PTSD by accompanying their humans into public places and other social interactions, helping keep their humans calm by putting their bodies into between them and other people and other ways that help their humans deal with daily life events that most people take for granted.

Kudos to Texas for helping men and women who very much deserve to receive any help they need in recovering from serving their country! These folks walked into danger and gave what was required to fulfill their vows. It is well known and documented that service dogs are extremely effective.  The least we can do for our veterans with PTSD is match them up with dogs who can make their lives better.

6 thoughts on “Texas House of Representatives Passes Bill to Provide Support Dogs for Military Vets with PTSD

  1. We have my son (3 purple hearts-35 months of tours in Irac, 10 years of Army service) who is disabled and suffers from PTSD fostering shelter dogs, socializing them and doing basic training with them. The companionship helps tremendously, plus he is giving future opportunities to these homeless dogs, while he is finding his way to healing and re-entering the civilian world. So far 4 of the dogs he has fostered have been adopted into permanent homes.

    1. That’s beautiful. I thank him for his service in both military. And also helping those who can’t speak for themselves. Sounds like an amazing man.

  2. I work with a Non-profit group that trains service dogs for PTSD, MBI and TBI veterans. If you need a dog we can help. Visit TADSAW.com
    We find suitable rescues and train them in team with there service dogs to work with the Vet. It’s a great program at no cost to the veteran. In my mind, this conflict we will not fall short of helping our vets.

  3. I am a Vietnam Vet that strongly believe that I that have severe case of PTSD have managed to live with my condition due to the Help I get thru the therapy given not by a so called service dogs. Any pet (dog) does what the so called Service-Dog do. I think we are babying these Vets to a point that there would be any excuse. Yes, we all in one time or another went thru help but this atigma of just because we we say we have PTSD that people just have to go out their way to accommidate is redicuous. Remember that other people have rights.

  4. Just because ww Vets have PTSD, this does not us the right to insult or behave in a mnner that is offensive to other. With the help out there, we can learn to manange our condition of PTSD. I am not saying that we are cured but can learn to manage it. The stigma that just because we serve that world owns us everything is not and should not part of how we Vet behave. Part of getting recognition for what we went thru is learning more about PTSD and how there are many avenues in getting help.

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