Hey, the folks at the Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America helped get this bill passed, a big deal since it addresses IAVA key recommendations for female veterans and caregivers of severely disabled veterans.
What this means for veterans and their families:
improves care for 1.8 million women who have served their country by
establishing a child care pilot program, conducting a study of barriers
to women veterans seeking health care, implementing a reintegration and
readjustment pilot program, and improving care for veterans with sexual
trauma; KEY IAVA PRIORITY
provides stipend and lodging payments, health care, training and
education, mental health services, respite care, and information on support
services for caregivers of veterans; KEY IAVA PRIORITY.
improves rural veterans’ health care services by expanding
transportation for veterans to local VA hospitals and clinics through VA
grants to local Veterans Service Organizations;
provides access to counseling and mental health centers to any members
of the Armed Forces;
- requires the VA to conduct a veterans' suicide study;
- expands organizations offering transitional housing for homeless
- creates a dental services pilot program for veterans;
Next step: On to the President’s desk for his signature!