President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed legislation that will expand health services, including mental health and counseling services, to veterans who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Called the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act, the new legislation also eliminates co-payments for veterans who are catastrophically disabled, increases housing and transportation assistance for veterans living far from hospitals, expands healthcare services for women veterans, and helps homeless veterans.
“We’re expanding support to homeless veterans, because in the United States of America, no one who has served this nation in uniform should ever be living on the streets,” Obama said. He added that the new law recognizes the obligation Americans have for those who served.
“Just as we have a responsibility to train and equip them when we send them into harm’s way,” he said, “we have a responsibility to take care of them when they come home.”
The president said his administration has dramatically increased funding for veterans’ healthcare, especially for those with post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury. He also mentioned that VA has received its largest budget increase in history last year.