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Congress Passes Veterans Health Bill, Includes Several Grassley-pushed Provisions

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Location: Washington, DC

Senator Chuck Grassley applauded today's Senate passage of major veterans health legislation. The bill includes several provisions that Grassley worked to pass. The legislation passed by a vote of 98-0.

The Caregiver and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act enhances VA health care for female veterans, support for family caregivers, expanded mental health services, and improved traumatic brain injury care.

"Our veterans help provide us with the freedoms we have today. It's appropriate that this Thanksgiving, we give special ‘thanks' for their sacrifices by moving this important legislation forward," Grassley said. "The provisions in this bill are an important step in moving the veterans health care system forward and better addressing mental health injuries that are being occurring at alarming rates."

Grassley cosponsored the Caregiver and Veterans Health Services Act, which is a major portion of the bill that was passed today. This legislation would provide training, financial assistance, medical and mental health care, and respite care to a family member who is the full-time caregiver of a veteran injured in the line of duty.

The Caregiver and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act also includes provisions of the Honor Act, a Grassley co-sponsored bill, which will improve treatment for veterans and service members who have incurred mental injuries and better prepare them for stress associated with combat as well as their return home.

The bill also includes additional Grassley co-sponsored provisions that would improve access to VA health care for rural veterans.

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