Honorable Steve Kagen, M.D.

Wisconsin's former 8th District Representative

January 4, 2007 to December 22, 2010

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Kagen Supports Veterans and Their Caregivers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 

April 21, 2010

    

KAGEN SUPPORTS VETERANS AND THEIR CAREGIVERS

Bill strengthens health services for veterans and gives new support to the families that care for them

WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Steve Kagen, M.D. is working hard to build a better future for our veterans and their families. Today, Dr. Kagen voted for the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act, which will reform and improve veterans’ health services by supporting wounded veterans and their families and caregivers, expanding care for female veterans, improving mental health services, and increasing access to health care for veterans in rural areas.

“As a nation, we have an obligation to care for those who have selflessly answered the call to defend our great nation,” said Dr. Kagen.  “Those who risk their lives on the line for our liberties deserve nothing less than the best care and support when they return home.”

“It is a matter of conscience that we also lend a hand to the families that are all too often burdened by our wounded warriors,” Dr. Kagen continued.  “The legislation we passed today is evidence of our unwavering gratitude for our veterans, and our keen focus on taking care of those who have suffered illness and injury in service to their country.”

To address the unique needs of the growing number of returning women soldiers, this bill will improve health services for almost 2 million female veterans. It will also improve access to care for veterans in rural areas, ensure that the VA can better treat veterans suffering from mental health issues, and provide the VA with resources to learn more about the tragically high suicide rate among veterans. This legislation will also support family members and caregivers who look after our injured veterans to bring them the relief they deserve.

The Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act was passed by a unanimous vote in the House of Representatives today and is supported by a broad coalition of veterans groups including the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, AMVETS, Paralyzed Veterans of America, the Wounded Warriors Project and the National Military Family Association.

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