On May 5, 2010, President Obama signed the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act into law. This law is designed to ensure that families of veterans who were severely wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan will receive comprehensive, coordinated financial and other support to provide home-care for these veterans.
This new law provides:
- Health care, respite care and counseling to the family caregivers of injured veterans
- Health care for the newborn children of women veterans
- Child care for women veterans receiving medical care
- Travel reimbursement for veterans in rural areas
The law acknowledges the great personal sacrifices that family members of wounded veterans make to take care of their loved ones, often putting their own lives on hold to be long-term, full-time caregivers. The caregiver provisions of the new law will take effect in February 2011, giving the V.A. time to implement the new plan.