Congress Looks at Puppies for Injured Veterans

A bill would give those with post-traumatic stress disorder a dog.

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

If one of Congress's dog lovers gets his way, grants will soon be heading to animal groups to pair soldiers and vets suffering from war injuries with therapy dogs. It's the idea of Kentucky GOP Rep. Ed Whitfield, known for traveling on the Hill with his Jack Russell terrier, Nigel. The highlight in his bill: Those with post-traumatic stress disorder would get a dog. It's a Whitfield family affair. Wife Connie, a Humane Society exec, tells our Suzi Parker it could help the troops and empty animal shelters.

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