H.Res. 291: Recognizing the crucial role of assistance dogs in helping wounded veterans live more independent lives, expressing gratitude to The Tower of Hope, and supporting the goals and ideals of creating a Tower of Hope Day

H.Res. 291

Recognizing the crucial role of assistance dogs in helping wounded veterans live more independent lives, expressing gratitude to The Tower of Hope, and supporting the goals and ideals of creating a Tower of Hope Day

Sponsor
Rep. Alcee L. Hastings

Date
November 2, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

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Floor Situation

H.Res. 291 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Monday, November 2, 2009, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) March 26, 2009.

Bill Summary

H.Res. 291 would resolve that the House of Representatives:
• "Acknowledges the importance of assistance dogs in helping combat-wounded veterans live happier and more independent lives;
• "Applauds the outstanding work of The Tower of Hope and its dedication to training and providing assistance dogs to wounded veterans, as well as educating people about the benefits of such animals;
• "Expresses deep gratitude and support to volunteers and donors who have made this great program possible by generously offering time and funds;
• "Encourages the general public to support wounded veterans by volunteering or donating to help train assistance dogs;
• "Calls for a vigorous promotion of, and advocacy for, the benefits of assistance animals for physicians and the general public; and
• "Supports the goals and ideals of creating a Tower of Hope Day in honor of wounded American veterans and their service dogs, the work of The Tower of Hope, and the many generous donors."

Background

According to the resolution findings, The Tower of Hope was created following the attacks of September 11, 2001, to bring hope to wounded veterans by providing them with assistance dogs at no cost. The Tower of Hope has substantially improved many lives by raising funds for the training of assistance dogs, providing grants for American combat wounded veterans, and advocating for the benefits of these animals.