May 5th, 2010
05:13 PM ET

Obama signs law boosting support for military veterans

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.

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  1. Texas Pete

    NO! if it did not work the first time... it will not work the second time... and then the third time... so again... I say NO.... Time for you to go...

    May 5, 2010 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dave@oki

    All they are doing for the military now days sure slaps the people in the face that were if during Viet Nam and other battles. We got spit on, called Regans killers, and no benefits. In fact we got cut as were promised life time free medical and they done away with that. Now for these military they are giving free college, free selling of houses, free medical and free everything as they are praising them. I guess the military from other conflicts don't mean a damn thing. I showed my pay from Nam days to a some people and the pay these guys are getting and they could not believe the difference. Also they should check on a lot of Viet Nam Veterans living on the street.

    May 5, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jim newnavy

    i agree with dave. im a recent med discharge as of 2008 and we are spoiled compared to our fathers. no doubt of it. however all the same benefits are allowed to you now that they are available.

    May 5, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Abraham

    I live in Puerto Rico and we get a wosrt tratment than from the one you get in the states. We are all veterans and we fought for the same cause. I don't know why it's so different.

    May 5, 2010 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. william Abernathy

    I am a vietnam vet, who had mental problems after serving in viet nam. I was discharged unjustly without court martial. Just on my signature, while being told several untruths or half truths by the military. My less than honorable discharge was never changed to honorable under medical conditions. This was one of the untruths that I was told. This was to done automatically if I signed the papers. Even though awarded my VA health benefits, when I asked that my discharge be upgraded, and I could receive medical treatments for PTSD, uncluding, being tested for Agent Orange, and other benefits. My health care was terminated. Even after writing the commander and president (White House). They treated me even worse. Think of the veterans that have been unjustly treated since the wars in viet nam. They can take away everything, but they cant take away the fact, that I am a viet nam veteran. I SERVED MY COUNTRY. Thanks to all the Senators and Congressman who tried to help me. This is been going on for twelve plus years. All I want to do for justise was to appear before a navy review board in Washington.

    May 6, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. vg

    I don't disagree that Viet nam vets were treated poorly, but I think some of you don't know just how bad it has been for the veterans of the Iraq war. My husband is a Viet Nam vet and when he came home, although he was treated harshly by many people, he at least had medical treatment. When, he came home from the Iraq war in 2004, if we wanted anything more than for him to be stuck in a hospital bed drooling on himself, we had to pay for it. We lost our house, I lost my 401(k) and all other savings just to be able to pay for rehabilitation for him. It may not be as bad now, but I can tell you that under Bush, the medical resources were pretty poor. We had to fight for over a year to get his re-up bonus. They offered my husband 10,000 to sign up for the reserves and do a year in Iraq. Too bad that after 10 months he was injured by a roadside bomb, and had to come home. And ya know our piece of crap government said he wouldn't get the bonus because he didn't complete his tour. Of course the fact that he didn't complete his tour because he was injured in their war didn't even register with them.

    May 17, 2010 at 3:30 am | Report abuse |