May 06, 2010 Associated Press
WASHINGTON -- President Obama has signed a bill that aims to keep severely wounded Iraq and Afghanistan veterans in their homes by providing billions of dollars in support to family members who care for them.
At a bill signing event at the White House Wednesday, Obama said the government's responsibility to take care of veterans and their families is a "moral obligation."
The bill instructs the Veterans Affairs Department to offer post-delivery care to female veterans' newborns and create a child-care pilot program. And it includes expanded funding for programs assisting homeless and rural veterans.
The price tag over five years is an estimated $3.7 billion.
Under it, caregivers of the estimated 2,000 severely wounded veterans from the recent conflicts can receive training, a monthly stipend and health care.
Nikki Smith, LMSW
Director of Development
Council of Senior Centers and Services of New York City, Inc.