AMVETS Update: Veterans Health Care, Desert Storm Memorial & Women Veterans
AMVETS Legislative Update
VETERANS HEALTH CARE:
Many of you have probably heard about the massive $1.3 Trillion budget bill that is moving through Congress right now. There is good news and bad news for veterans. The bad news is that many veterans service organizations, including AMVETS, have worked with the House and Senate to negotiate a workable bipartisan solution to veterans’ health care, and expanding caregiver benefits to veterans of all eras of service. We had hoped it would be included, and this Washington Post article explains why it won’t be.
Good news, is that mental health care for veterans with bad paper discharge has been included.
There now remains much work to be done regarding veterans’ health care. Many veterans are still using the Choice program to see providers outside of VA and funding for Choice is expected to run out by May, or June at the latest. Please let us know if you are using the program and are told to wait for appointments or care due to funding issues.
NATIONAL DESERT STORM MEMORIAL:
AMVETS National Commander Polk’s project, just like his predecessor Commander Chapman, is the Desert Storm War Memorial. The National Park Service is seeking public comment on the design. If you have an opinion on this, please share! Comment period ends April 13.
In these last days of March, Women’s History Month, let’s take a moment to honor our country’s 1.89 million women veterans, who comprise nearly 10% of all veterans. AMVETS recognizes that the systems in place to meet the unique needs of women veterans are not always consistent. If you are a woman veteran, or know one, please familiarize yourself with all of the resources available through VA.
Thank you, as always, for your support of all veterans.
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