Walorski Votes to Expand Veterans’ Access to VA Child Care Services

Friday, February 8, 2019

Walorski Votes to Expand Veterans’ Access to VA Child Care Services

House Passes Bipartisan Bill to Expand Child Care Access for Veterans Receiving VA Care

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today voted to expand veterans’ access to child care services at Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities.

“Our veterans face unique challenges, but veterans with families should not face barriers to accessing mental health and medical care services,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “This important, bipartisan bill will make it easier for our nation’s heroes – especially female veterans – to access child care services while they receive the VA care they need. I hope the Senate acts quickly to send the Veterans’ Access to Child Care Act to the president’s desk.”

BACKGROUND

The House passed the Veterans’ Access to Child Care Act (H.R. 840) by a vote of 400 to 9.

Lack of child care services at many VA facilities is often cited as a barrier to care for veterans, especially female veterans. H.R. 840 would make permanent the VA’s Child Care Pilot Program and expand access to veterans who serve as primary caretakers and travel to certain VA facilities for mental health care and other intensive health services.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

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