Citing the America’s veterans as “the very embodiment of service and patriotism,” President Obama has signed a bill with special significance for Pikes Peak region military veterans and their families this week.
The $3.6 billion bill, passed by large margins in both the House and the Senate, will “significantly boost … federal support for disabled military veterans and their caregivers,” according to a CNN.com report.
The new law expands resources available for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans’ mental health counseling, provides expanded access to hospitals and clinics outside of the traditional Veterans Affairs system, and provides stronger transportation and housing assistance for homeless veterans and retired military service members living in rural areas.
The measure, which directs the Department of Veterans Affairs to designate a primary personal care attendant for each eligible veteran offers greater counseling, training and financial aid for family caregivers and expands veterans’ maternity care.
The country’s veterans are “the very embodiment of service and patriotism,” Obama said. “Our obligations to our troops don’t end on the battlefield. … We have a responsibility to take care of them when they come home.”