Please add your support to this bill….Representative Elizabeth Esty has introduced the Deborah Sampson Act (H.R. 2452). This comprehensive measure addresses gender disparities and would improve and expand programs and services for women veterans provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
If enacted, this bill would establish a pilot program for peer-to-peer counseling and make permanent group counseling retreats for women veterans recently separated from military service. It would increase training for providers delivering gender-specific care, expand days of care for newborns from seven to fourteen, authorize medically-necessary transportation for newborns, address privacy and security issues for women in VA health care facilities and correct infrastructure issues to improve the environment of care for women. The legislation would also create a program to assist women veterans with legal services, authorize additional grants for organizations supporting women veterans with families and require data collection regarding women and minority veterans including a report on the availability of prosthetics for women veterans.
DAV’s 2014 report, Women Veterans: The Long Journey Home identified many of these gaps for women in VA programs and has long advocated for a more comprehensive provision of VA women’s health services that appropriately recognizes their service and meets their gender specific health care needs. The Deborah Sampson Act (H.R. 2452) is in line with DAV Resolution No. 225, which calls for enhanced medical services and benefits for women veterans.
Please contact your elected representative and urge co-sponsorship and passage of H.R. 2452. A letter has been prepared for this purpose or you may write your own message to express your personal views. Thank you for your support of our nation’s women veterans.
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