President Joe Biden signed into law on Tuesday four bills that were brought forward in support of American veterans, including help for maternity care and another aimed at race and ethnic disparities related to benefits administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). had to deal with.

- Advertisement -

“Keeping faith with American veterans requires much more than laying a wreath or taking more oaths. It requires acts,” Biden said. “That’s what you did today… so I’m very proud to have signed these bills.”

advertisement

Surrounded by the sponsors of each bill, Biden first put the S.A. in the law. Signed 1031, introduced by Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga. This requires a study on race and ethnic disparities for compensation benefits, disability ratings, and rejection of benefits claims developed from the VA.

- Advertisement -

The Veterans of Foreign War Organization praised the first law, saying it would “provide valuable information to identify and address potential disparities, identify improvement areas within the VBA, and assist facilities with better data collection practices.” ”

“The lack of inclusivity and consistency hinders the collection of accurate data, which could benefit all veterans and their families,” VFW said in a statement,

FILE – President Joe Biden remarks on ending the war in Afghanistan in front of the Cross Hall of the White House on August 31, 2021. (official White House photo by Adam Schultz)

After this the President S. 894, signed the “Higher Veteran Health Heroes Act of 2021,” another bipartisan bill that was first introduced by Sen. Mike Braun, R-IN, and Sen. Maggie Hassan, Dn.H. The bill requires the VA to consult with the Department of Defense to identify service members with health care occupations and eliminate their military obligations to remain in federal health care as VA employees.

Braun noted the staffing shortages, as reported by the VA inspector general, have become “a challenge to address problems in veterans care.”

“This bill would empower the VA to proactively recruit active duty medical personnel who are separating from the military at the conclusion of their contracts or upon retirement to improve health care services for veterans.” He said in a statement, “We owe it to our brave veterans who deserve the best services available.”

The third bipartisan bill signed into law is called S.1095, “Colonel John M. McHugh Tuition Fairness for Survivors Act of 2021.” It requires public colleges and universities to provide in-state tuition to the families of service members who die or become disabled or otherwise cannot receive education benefits from the VA.

related: Biden signs 3 bipartisan bills in support of police, federal officials

The last bipartisan bill signed into law was signed by S. 796, called the “Protecting Moms Who Served Act of 2021”. The law, originally introduced by Iraq War veteran Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., supports funding for maternity care for women serving in the military.

Specifically, the law directs the VA to implement the Maternity Care Coordination Program, which provides training and support for providers to better address the needs of pregnant and postpartum veterans. The bill authorizes $15 million in additional program funding for fiscal year 2022.

“The Department of Veterans Affairs provides important benefits to ensuring that the elderly have access to medical care during pregnancy and after their child is born,” said Rep. Brian Higgins, D.N.Y., who supported the bill, said in a statement, “This law guarantees that the unique physical and mental maternal health care of veteran mothers is better understood and treated by healthcare providers.”

This story was reported from Cincinnati.