Veterans Made Priority in Obama’s Oval Office Address

The Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010 (CVOHSA) became a prominent part of President Obama’s Oval Office Address. The Act will improve the quality of health care made available to returning Veterans by increasing VA health care support nationwide.

VA health care will increase for female Veterans allowing them to seek better treatment for sexual trauma. The Act will also makes childcare services a priority while a female Veteran seeks medical treatment.

Recognition and Compensation for Caregivers will also become a part of the act. This stipulation will allow one family member to care for a Veteran suffering from brain trauma or a missing limb while receiving competitive compensation and medical and psychological support.

VA health care will be extended to better cover rural area. The cost of treatment for Veterans in civilian clinics will be covered by VA health care should there not be a VA clinic available, and doctors working in a VA placement for at least three years will become eligible for educational debt relief and be provided with a maximum salary.

Veterans of previous wars will also gain access to more beneficial health care. Veterans of the Gulf and Vietnam war who were exposed to Agent Orange will have better access to hospital treatment, nursing home care, and other medical services.

In addition to the improvements made to the VA health care system, the new Act will also require the VA to place the Veteran suicide rate as a top priority. Veterans contribute to 20% of the American suicide rate, and the VA will be responsible to studying the trends and reducing the rate.

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