Service dogs for veterans

State Rep. Holly Hughes, R-Montague, and two veterans advocates from Muskegon County testified in Lansing Wednesday to support legislation that would help provide service dogs for military veterans.

Hughes was joined by Dave Eling and Michael Baauw of the Muskegon County Department of Veterans Affairs during testimony Dec. 9 before the House Committee on Local Government.

Hughes recently introduced the bill that would establish a grant program called the Veterans Service Dog Fund. Another bill introduced by Hughes, House Bill 4913, would amend the state’s dog law to allow voluntary contributions to the Veterans Service Dog Fund when citizens purchase a dog license.

According to House Bill 4912, a service dog is “a dog that is trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability.”…

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Great to see the support, but it can prove to be yet another difficult barrier for housing that also needs to be addressed.