President Barack Obama signed a bill Wednesday significantly boosting federal support for disabled military veterans and their caregivers.
Among other things, the new law expands resources available for veterans' mental health counseling, provides expanded access to hospitals and clinics outside of the traditional Veterans Affairs system and provides stronger transportation and housing assistance for veterans living in rural areas.
The measure also expands veterans' maternity care while offering greater counseling, training and financial aid for family caregivers.
The country's veterans are "the very embodiment of service and patriotism," Obama said. "Our obligations to our troops don't end on the battlefield. ... We have a responsibility to take care of them when they come home."
Both the House and the Senate passed the measure by overwhelming margins.