Support Legislation to Help Those Caring for Wounded, Ill, or Injured Veterans
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Legislation to help those caring for wounded, ill, or injured veterans has been reintroduced in Congress. S. 591 / H.R. 1472, the Military and Veteran Caregiver Services Improvement Act of 2017, will expand the types of resources available to family caregivers of military service members and veterans. These dedicated individuals save our nation $15 billion annually, but receive very little support. In order to completely support our wounded warriors, we must take care of those hidden heroes taking up the fight here on the home front.
This bipartisan bill will require the following changes to the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Comprehensive Family Caregiver Program: 1.) Extend eligibility for caregiver support services to include veterans of all eras; 2.) Reauthorizing the Lifespan Respite Care Act and expand essential respite options for caregivers; 3.) Make the program more inclusive of mental health injuries; 4.) Allow veterans to transfer GI Bill benefits to a dependent, which will help unemployed or underemployed spouses of injured veterans prepare to become the primary source of income for their family; 5.) Allow caregivers working in the federal government to be eligible for flexible work schedules, so that they can stay employed while caring for their veteran; 6.) Provide assistance with childcare, financial advice and legal counseling.
The Military and Veteran Caregiver Services Improvement Act of 2017 is sponsored by Sens. Patty Murray, D-WA and Susan Collins, R-ME, and Rep. Jim Langevin, D-RI.
Take action today and send a message to your legislators expressing your support for the Military and Veteran Caregiver Services Improvement Act of 2017!
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