HON. JOE BACA
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21, 2010
* Mr. BACA. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in strong support of S. 1963, the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2009.
* The United States of America has a moral obligation to provide for all the brave men and women whose courageous service allows all of us to live the lives we do.
* This service comes not without a price, and America must provide for these service members and their families during deployment and post-deployment.
* Our disabled, ill and injured veterans need the assistance and care they deserve for their sacrifice.
* S. 1963 will expand mental health services for veterans; enhance health services for 1.8 million women veterans--which for the first time includes care for newborns.
* This is a landmark legislation that builds upon the last three years of significant accomplishments for veterans, troops and military families.
* S. 1963 will allow for a caregiver of a veteran to receive training, counseling, lodging and subsistence payments when accompanying a veteran on medical care visits.
* We must ensure that those who care for our veterans are properly equipped and trained to do so.
* In addition, we will prohibit the VA from collecting copayments from veterans who are catastrophically disabled.
* I am proud to vote for S. 1963, on behalf of all the service members, veterans and their families in my District. I urge my colleagues to support this bill.