House to vote on benefits for veterans' caregivers

Bill to provide financial assistance for family members of severely wounded war veterans


Kimberly Hefling
April 21, 2010 5:38PM (UTC)

Financially strapped family members of severely wounded Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who provide care would get financial assistance under a bill likely to come up in the House Wednesday.

The $1.7 billion in caregiver benefits is part of comprehensive legislation that would open the door wider for the Veterans Affairs Department to offer assistance to family members of veterans.

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It also requires the VA to create a childcare pilot program and offer post-delivery care to female veterans' newborns.

Caregivers of the estimated 2,000 severely wounded veterans from the recent conflicts would be eligible for training, a monthly stipend and health care. Caregivers of veterans from other eras would be eligible for more limited benefits.


Kimberly Hefling

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