NATIONAL CAPITAL MEMORIAL ADVISORY BOARD APPROVES NATIONAL SERVICE ANIMALS MEMORIAL BY UNANIMOUS DECISION

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SAN FRANCISCO, March 24, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — About Monday, March 21, 2022the National Capital Memorial Advisory Commission (NCMAC) held a virtual public meeting to review the National Service Animal Memorial ActBill # HR 6353/S.3447, designating the National Service Animals Monument Corporation (NSAM) to construct a National Service Animal Memorial on land within washington d.c. or its vicinity, and requires the approval of the Commission before passage can be considered by Congress.

The 9-person Commission, responsible for determining whether or not the proposed memorial meets the criteria of the Memorials Act 1986 (CWA). Thirty-six people from everywhere United States joined the meeting and presented testimony to demonstrate that the memorial will meet the required level of historical significance appropriate for inclusion in our nation’s capitol.

Beginning with a short PowerPoint showing all of the species considered “service animals” in the context of American history, the first speaker was a world-renowned artist Susan Bahary, the visionary of the memorial. After Susan was Therese M. Brandon, the president of the NSAM, who presented a detailed timeline of American historical events, explaining how changes in military tactics and technology directly affected the manner and animals used. These included the Early Calvary, war dogs, horses and mules in World War I and World War II, Vietnamand Afghanistanas well as search and rescue dogs at the sites of Oklahoma City and September 11. The increasing use of animals in therapeutic contexts and as service animals for veterans and people with disabilities was also presented.

Three additional key testimonies were delivered. Raylene Lewis spoke about his teenage son Kyler, who suffered extensive brain damage and a stroke, and the critical impact their service dog, “Sammy”, has on him every day. Valerie Cramerrepresenting the Guide Dog Foundation & America’s Vet Dogs, spoke about the loyalty of service dog “Sully”, who served President H. W. Bush in his later years, noting that President Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990. Miss Craftsmanshipequine therapy specialist, then testified to the strength of using horses with patients suffering from extreme trauma or PTSD.

After the official presentation, public comments were collected from 31 people from across the country (and Australia!) who, one by one, had a minute to share their personal stories about service animals. Each urged the Commission to approve the bill with a favorable vote. Almost all the speakers spoke about the human-animal bond.

In the end, a roll-call vote was taken, and unanimous approval was obtained, for the creation of this historic memorial to honor service animals and their handlers as they provide safety, security and independence for all Americans. The bill, which enjoys bipartisan support, will now go to congressional committees for further consideration and then return to Congress for final passage. For more information on this organization, visit: www.NSAMProject.org

Contact: Therese M. BrandonMBA
972-754-9996

SOURCE National Service Animal Monument

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