Stars and Stripes stripes.com 07 Jan, 2021 00:15 am

Sweeping veterans bill becomes law, impacting 'every corner' of the community

Sweeping veterans bill becomes law, impacting 'every corner' of the community
President Donald Trump signed a sweeping legislative package Tuesday that aims to help veterans facing a variety of challenges, including homelessness, access to care for women and Native Americans, toxic exposure and the coronavirus.

The bill also aims to help veterans suffering from military sexual trauma.In 2018, the VA Office of Inspector General reported that the department wrongfully denied benefits to thousands of veterans who filed claims for military sexual trauma – rejection that potentially caused stress and psychological harm, the IG said.The legislative package requires teams who specialize in military sexual trauma to process those benefits claims.It creates a dedicated Office of Women’s Health at the Department of Veterans Affairs, 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.

It also mandates that every VA hospital hire a dedicated women’s health provider., leader of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

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