Proposed bill would allocate federal funding for retired militar

Proposed bill would allocate federal funding for retired military dogs

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A new bill proposed by U.S. Rep. Ron Wright would establish a grant program to provide assistance to nonprofit organizations and other individuals caring for retired military dogs. On average, it costs about $3,000 per year to pay for the retired dogs' medical care and currently the bill is footed by caretakers. 

“These dogs assist our federal government in ways that no man or machine could, and it’s unacceptable to me for them to live with inadequate medical care or even be euthanized in some cases after sacrificing so much for our country,” Wright said during a press conference Thursday. “This bill helps ensure these heroes are well taken care of during retirement, and that their need for medical care never prevents them from receiving a loving, forever home."

The grant program is designed to cover veterinary appointments, diagnostic tests, medications and medical procedures. 

Wright's office said the goal is to put $5 million into the grant program over five years. 

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