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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Stand Up for Vets S.1963

Stand Up for Veterans Update
April 22, 2010
Historic Veteran Caregiver Legislation Passes House
The House of Representatives gave final approval to S. 1963, the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act, which provides an array of supportive services to family caregivers of disabled veterans, including up to $1.7 billion in caregiver benefits to financially strapped family members caring for the most severely wounded and disabled Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. The legislation, which was first proposed more than two years ago, and has been strongly backed by DAV and other veterans organizations, now goes to the Senate for their approval.
New Services for Women Veterans, Rural Veterans and Homeless Veterans
S. 1963 also expands and improves health care access and services for the nation's 1.8 million women veterans, veterans living in rural areas, and homeless veterans. Once enacted into law, the legislation will help ensure that women veterans, who have played an increasingly essential role in our military, receive quality, timely and gender-appropriate health care services, and will for the first time allow VA to provide seven days of care to newborn infants of women veterans.
About the Stand Up for Veterans Initiative

Stand Up for Veterans is an initiative of the Disabled American Veterans, an organization of 1.4 million disabled veterans who are focused on building better lives for disabled veterans and their families. The initiative seeks to find public policy solutions for all veterans, particularly those returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, who have incurred devastating injuries and disabilities, including traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder and other psychological wounds of war. Please visit www.standup4vets.org to learn more about this effort.
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Immediate Action Needed on S. 1963 Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act Passed by House
On April 21, 2010, the House of Representatives passed a comprehensive omnibus veterans and caregivers health care bill by a vote of 419-0. DAV and other national veterans service organizations strongly support this legislation. S. 1963, the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act, will make a profound difference to the well-being, rehabilitation and recovery of veterans across this country, including combat veterans wounded and disabled in Iraq and Afghanistan. Personal caregivers and other family members will also benefit significantly from the new programs that would be authorized by S. 1963. The bill has now been returned to the U.S. Senate for one final vote before being sent to the President. For full details on the provisions of the bill, please click here: http://www.dav.org/voters/documents/WoundedVeterans.pdf.

Please contact your Senators and urge them to bring this measure to the floor and vote to pass S. 1963, the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act. As always, we appreciate the value of your advocacy.

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