Hill Lawmakers Seek To Help Military Dogs, Advocates Want More – Fox News

Capitol Hill lawmakers are trying to help military service dogs finished with active duty by giving them full health benefits and streamlining their adoption process. But advocacy groups say the legislation should go further by giving the animals a return flight to U.S. soil, just like the soldiers they joined in combat.

The Canine Members of the Armed Forces Act has been introduced in the House by Rep. Walter B. Jones, R-N.C., and in the Senate by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and now awaits hearings.

Right now, the Defense Department classifies military work dogs as equipment, which means service units or prospective adoption families must pay to have the animals brought home from abroad, which from Europe can cost more than $1,000.

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