Committee Approves Three New Veteran Bills

Veteran legislation is at an apparent all time high. It seems every couple of weeks sees the introduction of some new legislation intended to somehow extend benefits to veterans and their families or forge some new benefit.

Last Wednesday saw the passage of three bills by the House Veterans Affairs Committee. All the bills were bipartisan-backed and whipped through the panel through a voice vote. Most likely they will end up on the House’s suspension calendar. The three bills included:

  • One for therapeutic companion dogs;
  • One for chiropractic care; and
  • One for increasing money going to VA doctors and nurses.

The first bill authorizes a 5-year pilot program. This program will take place in multiple Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers across the nation. The program will use trained dogs to calm and hopefully treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms in veterans.

The second bill, if signed into law, would supply chiropractic services to veterans. The bill provides these services must be available in 75 VA hospitals by the end of next year and must be available at all VA hospitals by the end of 2013. The services included in this bill are aimed at improving the onslaught of muscular-skeletal injuries overwhelming Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.

The final bill would raise the amount of money used to fund continuing professional education for VA doctors and nurses. The money would also allow other health care workers to be able to participate in the training and would increase the amount of workers able to receive the assistance. This increase could total $42 million over the next 5 years.

Coupling these three bills with the other veteran legislation that has passed or is in position to pass this year is impressive. If things continue at this pace, veterans will be in for a very promising year.

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