Among other things, the legislation:
- Expands mental health and counseling services to veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, including National Guardsmen and reservists.
Allows the VA to use hospitals outside the VA network to treat more returning soldiers suffering from brain injuries
- Eliminates co-payments for "catastrophically disabled" veterans
- Increases housing and transportation assistance for veterans living far from hospitals in rural areas
- Expand support for homeless veterans
- Gives caregivers a stipend to care for a severely injured veteran from Afghanistan or Iraq. They also will receive lodging allowances and get the training they need to care for their loved ones. (via)
- Requires the VA to train mental health professionals in caring for the 1 in 5 military women who have survived sexual trauma, which increases the risk of mental health issues like PTSD by nearly 60 percent.
- Authorizes research on the effects of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan on women's physical, mental and reproductive health.
- Requires a comprehensive assessment of the unique barriers to care that women face.
- Includes maternity care for newborn children. (via)
- Allows the VA to launch a pilot program to provide child care for veterans receiving intensive medical care (this obviously is not limited to women, but I'm sure would help a number of women).
*I strongly dislike that this article starts off with the phrase "America's daughters," as if these aren't grown women. And to me, "daughters" kind of implies that they need to be protected. It's sort of patronizing. "America's daughters have been serving in the U.S. military for centuries ..." What's wrong with "Women have been serving ..."? And no, "America's sons" is no better, and does anyone even use that anyway?