Stars and Stripes: Congress passes sweeping end-of-year bill impacting ‘every corner’ of the veteran community

“Congress approved a bill Wednesday that increases resources for homeless veterans, creates a Department of Veterans Affairs advisory committee for Native American veterans and mandates that every VA hospital hire a dedicated women’s health provider, among dozens of other measures.

The legislative package, which lawmakers described as an end-of-year omnibus bill for veterans, is over 340 pages long and includes numerous provisions for female veterans, Native American veterans, homeless veterans, student veterans, veterans experiencing the effects of toxic exposures and those affected by the coronavirus…”

“The bill is named for [Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn.], who didn’t seek reelection this year, and Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., who resigned from the Senate at the end of 2019. Both men were leaders on the Senate and House veterans’ affairs committees…”

“In an effort to improve services for women veterans, the bill creates a dedicated Office of Women’s Health at VA, provides $20 million to retrofit VA hospitals with women’s health spaces and makes permanent a program to provide childcare at VA facilities, among other measures…” Read the full article here.

Source: Congress passes sweeping end-of-year bill impacting ‘every corner’ of the veteran community – By Nikki Wentling, December 16, 2020. Stars and Stripes.

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