Washington, D.C. – Today, with the support of Alaska’s Congressman Don Young, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 480, the Veterans Access to Child Care Act. This legislation requires the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide child care assistance to eligible veterans receiving mental health care services at a VA facility.
“Our nation’s warriors put their lives on the line to protect us, and sadly, too many of these heroes return home with the mental scars of war,” said Congressman Don Young. “Finding childcare can become a roadblock to pursuing the mental health care services veterans may need to heal. I am pleased to support this legislation to expand child care access to our veterans, and I will keep working hard to ensure our veterans have the tools necessary for healing.”
Background: As part of a pilot program created in 2010, the VA has provided child care assistance to veterans seeking health treatment at a limited number of VA facilities. H.R. 480 makes this pilot program permanent and expands it nationwide. This legislation is supported by the American Legion, AMVETS, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).