WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter today voted for final passage of landmark legislation that will greatly benefit our nation’s wounded veterans and their caregivers. The Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act, which passed the House 419 to 0, will help families better care for disabled, ill, or injured veterans. It will also greatly improve health care services for women veterans and will expand VA programs for veterans living in rural areas.
“ Caring for a loved one with a disease or serious injury can be both emotionally and physically exhausting,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter. “This legislation will provide our military families with the tools they need to properly care for our injured and ill veterans.”
The bill also expands and improves VA health services for more than 1.8 million women veterans by requiring training for mental health professionals caring for veterans who have been sexually assaulted, by providing post-delivery health care to new born babies born to women veterans, and by increasing access to mental health care.
Additionally, the bill improves health care for veterans who live in rural communities by providing grants for innovative options to transport veterans to VA hospitals and clinics and by researching ways to improve care in rural areas.
“Our nation’s service members and veterans have made enormous sacrifices on behalf of our country, and we must do our best to make sure that they have access to the services they need,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter. “This legislation supports military families caring for loved ones, improves access to health care for veterans living in rural communities, and expands health care services for the 1.8 million women who have served our country in uniform.”
The Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act is supported by the American Legion, AMVETS, Disabled American Veterans, National Military Family Association, Paralyzed Veterans of America, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Wounded Warrior Project.