Sen. John Cornyn speaks about PAWS legislation to help veterans get service dogs

HOUSTON — U.S. Sen. John Cornyn held a joint press conference Friday morning during an event to highlight the Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers Act, which will enhance disabled veterans’ access to service dogs.

Cornyn spoke alongside Lori Stevens, the founder and executive director of Patriot PAWS Service Dogs.

Also known as PAWS, the act authorizes a pilot program within the Department of Veterans Affairs to make grants available to certain nonprofit organizations, like Texas-based Patriot PAWS, that train service dogs to help disabled veterans cope with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Cornyn will sit down with disabled veterans and their service dogs to learn firsthand how their service dogs assist them.  He will then view a service dog training demonstration led by Patriot PAWS Service Dogs, a Texas-based nonprofit that trains service dogs to help disabled veterans.