Skip to main content

With very little fanfare, president Obama today signed an incredibly moving legislation.

The 'Caregives and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act' is full with steps that will provide great relief to wounded soldiers coming home.
Ted Wade and his wife Sarah, became the face of the bill. Six years ago, Sergeant Wade was badly injured in Iraq. He lost much of his right arm and suffered multiple injuries, including severe traumatic brain injury.  He was in a coma for more than two months, and doctors said it was doubtful that he would survive. But he did survive, in no small part thanks to the ultimate love of his wife, who became a prominent figure in the effort to improve the lives of veterans.

Here's what's in the bill:

  1. Expanding mental health counseling and services for veterans from Afghanistan and Iraq, including National Guardsmen and Reservists.
  1. Authorizing the VA to utilize hospitals and clinics outside the VA system to serve more wounded warriors with  traumatic brain injury.
  1. Increasing support to veterans in rural areas, with the transportation and housing they need to reach VA hospitals and clinics.

4. Expanding and improving health care for women’s veterans, including maternity care for newborn children.

Landmark Bill Bolsters Care for Female Veterans

America's daughters have been serving in the U.S. military for centuries, and they're being deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan in unprecedented numbers. But back home, they're still not guaranteed that the bathrooms at veterans' health care centers will be stocked with tampons. The Government Accountability Office published an audit this spring that found some of 19 health care facilities it surveyed did not always have private bathing areas, even in mixed-gender units. Such lapses in women's health care are growing more painfully apparent as the number of females using the Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system is projected to double in the next five years. But in a landmark step toward addressing their needs, President Obama Wednesday afternoon signed a bill bolstering care for female veterans...
...
Among other measures, the legislation — which was passed with broad bipartisan support — requires the VA to train mental health professionals in caring for the one in five military women who have survived sexual trauma, which increases the risk of mental health issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder by nearly 60%...

....
The bill also authorizes research on the effects of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan on women's physical, mental and reproductive health. U.S. soldiers have to carry a lot of heavy gear — duffel bags, bulletproof vests, thick boots — through Iraq's dry, 120-degree heat. A reluctance to add to the load by hauling water may lead more female soldiers to become dehydrated in the desert, according to Dr. Samina Iqbal, a member of the VA's national Women Veterans Health Strategic Health Care Group, who notes that some 34% of women return home with genitourinary issues — reproductive system disorders, urinary tract infections, and the like — compared to just 8% of men...

  1. Launching a pilot program to provide child care for veterans receiving intensive medical care.  
  1. Eliminating co-pays for veterans who are catastrophically disabled.
  1. Expanding support to homeless veterans.
  1. Caregivers for a severely injured veteran from Afghanistan or Iraq, will now receive a stipend and other assistance, including lodging when they travel for their loved one’s treatment. They'll get training to provide specialized services, counseling, and if they don’t have health insurance, it will be provided. If they need a break, they'll get up to 30 days of respite care each year.

*
*


*
*
*
All photos by AP.
*
*
Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.us

Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.us

Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.us

Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.us

Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.us

Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.us

Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.us

President Obama, Mrs. Obama and Dr. Jill Biden with and Sarah Wade and her husband Sgt. Ted Wade.

Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.us

Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.us

Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.us

Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.us

Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.us

Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.us

Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.us

Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.us

Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.us
Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.us

Originally posted to blackwaterdog on Wed May 05, 2010 at 02:38 PM PDT.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

doc2, JekyllnHyde, Angie in WA State, JWC, Sylv, Terri, CathiefromCanada, Kaina PDX, catdevotee, murphy, askew, Christin, TrueBlueMajority, alicia, RAST, billlaurelMD, kpardue, ChurchofBruce, DCCyclone, mslat27, eeff, Mnemosyne, dsb, Creosote, scribe, concernedamerican, bronte17, indybend, Nellcote, cyberKosFan, BlackSheep1, Wee Mama, understandinglife, sja, Loquatrix, SlowNomad, rickpickett, barath, someRaven, garbo, Boston to Salem, limae, ornerydad, itskevin, Cedwyn, Alna Dem, Quege, DustyMathom, Texknight, hhex65, dejavu, Chicago Lulu, MA Liberal, laderrick, SamCDC, Nina, jaywillie, GN1927, applegal, rlharry, Mark Warner is God, econlibVA, jj32, lhuynh, KayCeSF, tomjones, Marianne Benz, Gowrie Gal, Julie Gulden, rapala, vcmvo2, Slgalt, ExStr8, maybeeso in michigan, radarlady, LarisaW, africa, JanetT in MD, subtropolis, rweba, Lying eyes, Jersey Girl, citizenx, kaye, stagemom, Gary Norton, mattwynn, NLinStPaul, Viceroy, Pam from Calif, jimreyn, Inland, Overseas, Little Lulu, gerardbellavita, kaliope, PinHole, deep, optimusprime, Big Nit Attack, turnover, northanger, Unduna, kathny, begone, reddbierd, irishwitch, keeplaughing, edwardssl, seefleur, Dvalkure, euterpe, fou, mystery2me, SherriG, TalkieToaster, bleeding heart, Phthalo, Clive all hat no horse Rodeo, The Lighthouse Keeper, cherryXXX69, RantNRaven, jkshaw, blueintheface, janetsal, Thinking Fella, Wanda517, godislove, LV Pol Girl, offgrid, gloriana, NovatoBon, Mary Mike, Jimdotz, joyful, joedemocrat, St Louis Woman, bnasley, mdcalifornia, SeaTurtle, millwood, OIL GUY, yella dawg, journeyman, Dar Nirron, JML9999, A Person, Empower Ink, chicago minx, VA Breeze, sand805, Patricia Bruner, martydd, mayrose, JaxDem, Louisiana Fiddle Gal, DraftChickenHawks, dotster, ScottyUrb, GlowNZ, OleHippieChick, angel65, beltane, moose67, pamelabrown, smartdemmg, Jake Williams, bluesheep, TokenLiberal, Ladyhawk, mnguy66, S C B, glendaw271, True Independent, Blogvirgin, a night owl, dmhlt 66, Diogenes2008, lissablack, maggiejean, Bule Betawi, multilee, pileta, MufsMom, rsmpdx, litoralis, greengemini, LinSea, be the change you seek, Partisan Progressive, velvet blasphemy, lookit, virginwoolf, heart4idaho, zizi, MKSinSA, aj2k, allep10, kevinpdx, Kiku, RadioGirl, sfarkash, Green Karma, PoliticalJunkessa, DaNang65, sherijr, Sleepwalkr, Bene Gesserit1, Dragon5616, sgrAstar, xylem, jpmassar, Vita Brevis, Larsstephens, Nalepoc, veroven, lompe, Amber6541, dtruth, Norbrook, jsfox, My Stupid Opinion, RhymesWithUrple, henlesloop, MariaWr, foufou, marabout40, spunout, drache, JenV, dvbernard, roadbear, Vacationland, eXtina, jstipich, breathe67, Observerinvancouver, mamak, kjoftherock, Rustbelt Dem, candysroom, TheWesternSun, on board 47, CS in AZ, citizen31, birddog, LA Person, Simple, 2questions, Calidad, jovie131, JoanMar, LouP, OldLady in BC, symmetry, PvtJarHead, Anne933, juturna, ThisIsMyTime, Cure7802, DrFitz, aggie98, NYWheeler, ThirtyFiveUp, sharonsz, addisnana, mark louis, shel3364, Unenergy, alethea, Ed G, ericlewis0, skindig55, wwjjd, JanG, Onomastic, gobears2000, atoilune, Front Toward Enemy, MidwestTreeHugger, Medina Mahmoud, spiraldancer8, ban nock, nervousnellie, ems97007, DoubleT, slowbutsure, BlueUU, Mz LadyPhoenix, Grey Paladin, wildlife advocate, vc2, fishboots, Eclectablog, soothsayer99, yakimagrama, Liberal OC Woman, deeproots, princesspat, mirandasright, Late Spring, Lorikeet, majii, grannysally, Cinnamon Rollover, theone718, dle2GA, BarackStarObama, floridablue, dakinishir, durrati, worldlotus, IL JimP, zapus, chira2, IDTT, Aquagranny911, Patrick from Toronto, SteelerGrrl, bluck, aymandaman, CoyoteMarti, jaebone, MichaelNY, Lambunao, azguyrn, fgsfds, YaNevaNo, thoughtful3, Nena20409, mod2lib, elle a, QES, James Robinson, clubbing guy, RhodaA, Off Topic, OHknighty, cwsmoke, Aji, docrocktex, im a plugger, James Renruojos, Knights of Dusk, Mebby, AreDeutz, Lovepolitics2008, misterbluesky, swampyankee

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site