Caregivers & Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act
On May 10, 2010, President Obama signed the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act into law. The law includes provisions that help provide support for the caregivers of seriously injured Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans; it helps improve services for the nation’s 1.8 million women veterans; it helps expand the availability of health services for veterans; as well, as providing for services preventing veterans from becoming homeless. These measures and others honor the sacrifices of our men and women who have served this country proudly. The Caregivers and Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010 also honors the commitment and dedication of family caregivers who care for America’s wounded services members.
The passage of this law represents the establishment of a strong caregivers’ assistance program. This legislation will provide family caregivers with healthcare, respite, and financial supportive services. Caregivers in military families make endless sacrifices to provide care to severely injured loved ones. Striving to keep their loved ones out of nursing homes, family caregivers deplete their resources to provide daily needs and other measures of comfort and safety.
Senator Akaka of Hawaii introduced the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010, Public Law 111-163 on October 28, 2009. It was supported by a broad coalition of veteran and military service organizations. Public Law 111-163 created a caregiver support program where caregivers of veterans of all eras would receive supportive services, and respite care (including 24-hour, in home respite care.)
- October 28, 2008 – Introduced in the Senate
- November 19, 2009 – Passed the Senate without amendment by Yea-Nay Vote; 98-0. Record Vote Number 352
- November 19, 2009 – Referred to the House Committee on Veteran Affairs
- April 21, 2010 – Passed the House, as amended, by the Yeas and Nays: 419-0 (Roll No. 214)
- April 22, 2010 – Senate agreed to House amendment by Unanimous Consent.
- May 5, 2020 – Signed by the President in a bill signing ceremony. P.L. 111-163