Congressional Support needed for The Military and Veterans Caregiver Services Improvement Act
The USA all volunteer military service is a tribute to the brave citizens who select national service as a career path. In return the country’s promise is to provide post service education and training back in civilian life. USA Armed Forces Recruitment specialist guides each new recruit to craft a personalized service plan and post service training. Our new recruits enter the armed forces with high expectations training, fitness, adventure, camaraderie and travel with stories to last a lifetime to share with family and friends.
No one. No one expects to return home permanently injured facing a life so different from the one they left. The reality is 6, 855 have died since Operation Iraqi Freedom till today. Over 400,000 of our Armed Forces live today with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder the unseen often unrecognized internal injuries of battle. Of the PSTD, 340,000 have Traumatic Brain Injuries limit the mental, emotional and physical abilities of our returning soldiers.
Who cares for our wounded veterans? Caregivers. Family members that did not get the same sign on promises of college tuition or a pension for their service. Senator Patti Murphy recalls her mother’s own struggle to raise her seven children while caring for her husband, a veteran of WWII. Young enlisted military today who are married are facing multiple deployments resulting in long separations for these young couples. Military spouses and family members juggling their own work, family and financial demands are called into caregiving service when the unexpected combat injury occurs.
Senator Dick Durbin is sponsoring thebill now in the hands of the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/657/actions which enables vets to GI benefits to dependents and change the Department of Defense compensation tax exempt as well. Senator Murphy is the champion of veteran caregivers extending the rights and benefits of caregiving beyond the spouse to include friends and extended family members who engage in caregiving service.
Call your Senators and House of Representatives demanding support for our Veteran Caregivers.