What is House Bill H.R. 2847?


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House Bill H.R. 2847 is a bill in the U.S. Congress designed to appropriate funding to establish a program to disburse grants to nonprofit organizations that provide service dogs to certain U.S. military veterans, according to Congress.gov. The bill also is called the Wounded Warrior Service Dog Act of 2013.

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If passed, H.R. 2847 would provide grants to organizations that assist military service members who have a disability, notes Congress.gov. Qualifying disabilities include loss of hearing, loss of limbs, a significant mobility issue, paralysis, post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, blindness or visual impairment or another disability that the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and the Secretary of Defense classify as appropriate.

House Bill H.R. 2847 seeks to establish the K-9 Companion Corps Program, states Congress.gov. The bill was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on July 30, 2013 by Rep. James P. McGovern, and it was referred the same day to both the House Armed Services committee and the House Veterans' Affairs committee.

The Veterans' Affairs committee referred the bill to its Subcommittee on Health on Aug. 2, 2013, and the Armed Services committee referred the bill to its Subcommittee on Readiness on Aug. 29, 2013. No action has been taken since the referrals, and H.R. 2847 has not passed as of May 2015, indicates Congress.gov.

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