House Approves Funding for Equine-Assisted Therapy for Veterans

The Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act of 2018 included an amendment to increase Veterans Affairs’ Adaptive Sports Grant Program funding equine-assisted therapy.
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The funding will enable an expansion of services that use equine-assisted therapy in conjunction with mental health care treatment and services to veterans. | Photo: United States Marine Corps/Wikimedia Commons

On June 8 the U.S. House of Representatives passed HR 5895, the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act of 2018, which that 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

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