Legislation signed by President Obama is expected to improve treatment options for military vets with brain damage. The Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act will give veterans with traumatic brain injuries more access to private care outside the VA hospital system, increase services for female and homeless veterans, and provide more care in rural areas. Perhaps most significantly, the law provides training and stipends to those caring for wounded service members in their family.
According to the McClatchy news service, the measure that was signed by the president on May 5 “sets up new training and certification for the family caregivers, access to ongoing support services, counseling and mental-health services, respite care, medical care and a monthly personal-caregiver allowance.”
A North Carolina couple, Army Sgt. Ted Wade (a wounded Iraq veteran) and his wife Sarah, have been credited with lobbying for these expanded benefits; they attended the signing ceremony at the White House.