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Ranking Member Roe Applauds Expansion of the VA Caregiver Program to Pre-9/11 Caregivers

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Washington, October 1, 2020 | Samantha Gonzalez | comments

Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.), the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, released the following statement after the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launched the first phase of the expansion of the VA Family Caregiver Program to the caregivers of pre-9/11 veterans.

“Today is a historic day for the thousands of caregivers who selflessly tend to our pre-9/11 veterans,” said Ranking Member Roe. “Since President Trump signed the MISSION Act into law in 2018, we have been able to give our veterans greater access to care and improve VA's ability to recruit and retain doctors, nurses, and other critical staff. Starting today, we will finally also expand support for the caregivers of veterans with serious injuries that occurred in the line of duty during the Vietnam era and earlier. These caregivers are heroes in their own right, and I salute them for the irreplaceable service they provide to our nation’s veterans. I am grateful to Secretary Wilkie and his team for the hard work that went into preparing for today and stand ready to work with them to ensure that the expansion of this important program occurs smoothly and that all caregivers receive the support and the care that they so richly deserve.”

For more information, visit VA’s Caregiver Support website here.

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