The House on Wednesday voted in favor of landmark legislation to enhance and improve health services for wounded veterans and their families. The bipartisan Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act addresses the many hardships and sacrifices associated with lengthy recovery from severe injuries of veterans.
"While our troops serve overseas they fight a difficult and dangerous battle, and for our wounded veterans that difficult battle for recovery continues when they come home," said U.S. Representative Frank Pallone (NJ-06) who voted in support of the legislation. "This bill recognizes the sacrifices made by our current generation of veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and their families, and provides significant assistance in their recovery."
As a result of this bill, family members will receive support services such as counseling and mental health services, respite care for family and other caregivers, and a stipend for caregivers living with severely wounded veterans. This is all vital support for family members who many times have been forced to leave a job to care for a wounded veteran full-time.
In addition to providing support to families of veterans, this bill recognizes the unique needs of 1.8 million women veterans as they transition from military to civilian life. Veterans Affairs health care services will address the barriers to women seeking health care, improve mental health services, and establish a child care pilot program for women receiving regular and intensive mental health care.
The legislation previously passed in the Senate and will now go to the president's desk to be signed into law.