Child care help for veterans

Feb 10, 2019

To make it easier for veterans to get mental health and other intensive health services, H.R. 840 provides for child care while vets are receiving treatment. On Friday, the House passed H.R. 840, the Veterans’ Access to Child Care Act, by a vote of 400-9. I offered an amendment during debate to clarify that veterans receiving telemental health services, like that available at the VHA Saipan office, are also eligible for child care assistance. Most parents are not going to use the mental health services the VA provides, if it means leaving their kids home alone. And worrying about their children will only worsen the mental stress for veterans in need of care. My amendment was adopted unanimously and H.R. 840 now goes to the Senate for consideration.