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House Approves $5 Million for Equine-Assisted Therapy to Aid Veterans

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A volunteer from the audience tries to convince Mifi to come with him during a mock veteran's equine assisted therapy session at Spring Reins of Life's open house and demo on June 3, 2018. Credits: Lillian Shupe
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WASHINGTON, D.C. — On June 8 the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5895, the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act; 2018that included an amendment to increase funding for the Veterans Affairs’ Adaptive Sports Grant Program for equine-assisted therapy. The amendment, introduced by U.S. Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY) increases funding by $5 million for fiscal year 2019.

The funding will enable an expansion of services that use equine-assisted therapy in conjunction with mental health care treatment and services to veterans.

“We applaud Congressman Barr for his continued commitment to securing resources that will help our heroic American veterans and equines,” said Marty Irby, senior adviser at the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society Legislative Fund. “We are grateful to see this convergence of good news and good programs to benefit both veterans and horses.”

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The Senate must also approve the funding.

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