Veterans May Soon Get Free Child Care

  • The VA found that more than 10 percent of veterans had to cancel or reschedule VA appointments because they lacked child care, and one-third said they were interested in child care services.
  • It passed the House with bipartisan support.
  • The US Senate still needs to approve the legislation before it can head to The President to become law.

Veterans may soon be provided free child care while undergoing treatment for mental health and other medical issues. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently announced the possibility of this benefit in hopes that it will make it easier for veterans to get help. A House of Representatives Bill (H.R. 840) would extend and seek to make permanent a 2011 pilot program Veterans Child Care benefits program.

The Veterans’ Access to Child Care Act calls for the VA to provide child care on site, pay veterans a stipend for the full cost of child care at licensed facilities, pay the facilities directly or collaborate with other agencies. The VA found that more than 10 percent of veterans had to cancel or reschedule VA appointments because they lacked child care, and one-third said they were interested in child care services.

The US Senate still needs to approve the legislation before it can head to The President to become law. It passed the House with bipartisan support. We made a promise that our veterans will get the care they’ve earned,” said one sponsor of the bill. “We can’t put insurmountable roadblocks in front of their ability to receive that care.”

I wholeheartedly support this legislation and urge everyone to contact their respective senators to support this bill. It’s imperative that the bill pass this year. Congress has renewed the pilot program four times since its launch. If this bill doesn’t become law, the program is set to expire later this year.

Dana Matthews

Dr Dana Matthews is a Lieutenant Colonel, US Army Ranger (Retired). He holds a BA in Journalism, an MBA/JD Law Degree, and a Doctorate in Organizational Psychology.

He is a Member of the National Press Club in Washington DC and has appeared on TV and Radio.

He was awarded the Military Order of the Purple Heart for Combat Wounded Veterans.

Dr Dana Matthews is a well published Journalist and writer with articles appearing in the Scripps Newspaper/ TCPALM.COM

He also co authored and published a novel entitled " El Segundo- One Man's Journey for Redemption". 


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