Washington, DC – Sens. Deb Fischer (NE) and Cory Booker (NJ) introduced the Senate companion to Rep. Ron DeSantis’ (FL-06) bill H.R. 4764, Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers, or the PAWS Act. The PAWS Act will expand access to service dogs through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for post-9/11 veterans with severe post-traumatic stress.

“I applaud Senators Fischer and Booker for standing with our veterans against post-traumatic stress by introducing the PAWS Act in the Senate,” DeSantis said. “Providing the best care possible for servicemembers who are battling post-traumatic stress is a pressing issue that is yielding broad support in both houses of Congress. I look forward to working with my Senate colleagues to pass this legislation so that our veterans can receive the care they need.”

“Our wounded warriors have made tremendous sacrifices for their country,” said Fischer. “Many bear invisible wounds and struggle each day. I’m proud to join Senator Booker to introduce the PAWS Act in the Senate and Congressman DeSantis, who has introduced the House version. Our bill would bring the joys and love of man’s best friend to help our veterans cope with the scars of war.”

“We are forever in debt to our brave wounded warriors for their sacrifice to preserve our freedoms,” Booker said. “I am proud to join Senator Fischer and Congressman DeSantis to introduce bipartisan legislation that will enable the VA to provide service dogs to increase the quality of life and provide therapeutic comfort for our heroes as they readapt to civilian life.”