Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Sec. Eric Shinseki recently announced the launch of a new pilot program providing childcare for veterans. The program will provide drop-in child care free of charge to prevent both male and female veterans from missing doctor appointments.
Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash) sits on the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee and strongly supports this childcare program. Sen. Murray pushed for this program because of the unfortunate situation presented to many female veterans across the nation. Often female veterans return from deployment and are immediately put into roles caring for young children. Because of those demands, many forgo seeking out needed physical and mental health care.
The child care services were covered in the Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010, and will be provided in the VA medical facility.
The pilot program will initially launch in 3 locations:
- Buffalo, NY;
- Northport, NY; and
- Tacoma, WA.
Female veterans are approximately 10% of the total veteran population. On the whole, however, they use VA health care services at a much lower rate. It is hoped by making doctors and therapists more available, more female veterans will take advantage of their entitled benefits.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, contact Veterans Help Group. You may be entitled to certain programs and benefits so contact our veterans disability rights firm today.