Veterans Therapy, Service Dogs and Supporting Military Kids

WAHIAWA, Hawaii - Donated and specially bred service dogs of Hawaii Fi-Do.

The House of Representatives unanimously passed a full package of veterans’ health care legislation Wednesday specifically including the Veterans Dog Training Therapy Act (H.R. 1988) which promises a pilot program for the training of dogs from rescues and foster homes as a form of therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder for veterans.

Introduced by Representative Michael Grimm, (R-NY) a Marine veteran of Operation Desert Storm, the dogs will aid in the treatment and rehabilitation of veterans with post-deployment issues and other related mental conditions.

You can read the full article in the Examiner by Cheryl Hanna HERE.

To read more about the Hawaii Fi-Do Service Dog project in an article  by Molly Hayden with the U.S. Army Hawaii Public Affairs HERE.

In Support of Military Children

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno addresses the audience at the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention National Conference at National Harbor, Md., Oct. 14, 2011. Odierno spoke to child support professionals on behalf of military children, citing the challenges and stresses they endure. Photo courtesy of Army.mil website.

Two staunch military family advocates today spoke on behalf of military children, citing the challenges and stresses they endure to an audience of child support professionals from across the nation.

Speaking at the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s national conference here, Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno noted the importance of mentorship and support for military children as they navigate the frequent moves, deployments and separations brought on by more than a decade of war.

“As a teacher and a military mom and grandmother, I have seen firsthand what a big difference a great mentor can make in the lives of our nation’s military children,” Biden told the audience of juvenile justice and child protection professionals. Her son, Beau, serves in the Delaware Army National Guard.

You can read the full article on Army.mill HERE.

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