According to Stars and Stripes, the Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act has made the final push through the legislative process. It now heads to the White House for a final presidential signature.
President Obama is expected to sign the bill into law by the end of August, creating several provisions for the veterans and families who may now suffer disabling health conditions after being exposed to polluted water at Camp Lejeune.
The Camp Lejeune veterans and families will now be eligible for health care benefits similar to those offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for disabled veterans. It will cover a wide range of issues faced by veterans and their loved ones.
The legislation also provides new benefits and assistance to existing disabled veterans such as:
- eliminated copays for rural veterans using telehealth services which will include travel reimbursement;
- new policies on sexual assaults that occur at VA facilities;
- new rehabilitation and reintegration services for veterans suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI);
- expansion of the VA’s adaptive housing program;
- VA home loan eligibility up to 10 years for surviving spouses as well as waived fees for disabled veterans; and
- more assistance in preventing funeral protesters’ presence at military funerals.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability attorney from Veterans Help Group is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veteran’s disability rights firm today – 1-855-855-8992.