PASSED: Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010

PASSED: Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010

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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
    veterans;
  • creates a dental services pilot program for veterans;

Next step: On to the President’s desk for his signature!

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