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Advance Appropriations Legislation Approved By Senate Committee

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Subject: Advance Appropriations Passes Senate CommitteeDate: May 21, 2009 4:15 PMAdvance Appropriations Passes Senate Committee

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Stand Up for Veterans Update May 21, 2009 Advance Appropriations Legislation Approved by Senate Committee

Congress moved one step closer to ensuring sufficient, timely and predictable funding for veterans health care with the unanimous passage today of the Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act (S. 423) by the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs. This critical legislation would authorize Congress to approve medical care appropriations for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) one year in advance of the start of each fiscal year, effectively ending the funding delays that have plagued the VA when Congress has failed to pass an appropriations bill on time. Senate Committee Approves Legislation to Improve Health Care for Women Veterans and Better Support Family Caregivers Today the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs unanimously approved two pieces of legislation that would improve health care for women veterans and better support caregivers of disabled veterans.

  • The Veterans Health Care Authorization Act of 2009 (S. 252) would improve women veterans health care by identifying and dismantling barriers for women seeking care from the VA. Currently, many women seeking care at VA facilities are forced to visit several clinics in order to get their mental health, primary care and gender-specific health needs met.

    • The Family Caregiver Program Act of 2009 (S. 801) would increase support services provided to the family caregivers of disabled veterans who put their lives on hold to care for their loved ones.

    About the Stand Up for Veterans Initiative

    Stand Up for Veterans is an initiative of the Disabled American Veterans, an organization of 1.4 million disabled veterans who are focused on building better lives for disabled veterans and their families. The initiative seeks to find public policy solutions for all veterans, particularly those returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, who have incurred devastating injuries and disabilities, including traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder and other psychological wounds of war. Please visit www.standup4vets.org to learn more about this effort.

    Stand up for veterans. They stood up for us.

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