The U.S. Senate is scheduled to begin debate in Washington later this week on a bill that would provide veterans additional health and retirement benefits.
It’s being considered one of the most comprehensive veterans’ bills in recent history and Indiana Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly is urging his fellow lawmakers to support it.
“We are going to try and make sure that we serve in this bill those that have served us”, Donnelly says.
The bill focuses heavily on mental health issues. It also provides some veterans in-state college tuition, expanded work study programs and coverage for children who have spina bifida, a disorder that has been linked to a toxic herbicide Vietnam veterans were exposed to.
“The VA will be required to establish an education and support program in order to educate and train family members and caregivers of veterans,” Donnelly says.
The bill is expected to pass both the House and Senate despite some Republican concerns about how the bill will be funded.