05 May 2010

Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act signed into law

The Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act (S. 1963), recently approved by Congress, was signed into law today by President Obama.

The bill directs the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide training, health insurance, and a stipend to caregivers of about 2000 of our nations's most severely wounded warriors.

From a previous post:

Now I urge you to watch the PBS documentary called "Who's Helping Our Wounded Vets?" , which tells the stories of three families who have literally sacrificed everything to care for their severely wounded family members.

The families in the documentary had the option of putting their loved ones into nursing homes which wound have been paid for, but where their condition would have undoubtedly deteriorated. Instead, they have taken it upon themselves to provide qualtiy care to their loved ones - our wounded warriors.

Following on the example of the sacrifices their warriors made for our country, these families are now making their own. It's time for us to step up and provide financial compensation for their work. These families have already given enough.

As with every piece of legislation, other things have been included that are not directly related to the caregiver issue. But if you have any doubt as to the necessity of this bill, watch the PBS documentary here.

I personally know many families who will benefit from the bill. And I cannot think of anyone more deserving.

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