WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Senate approved legislation today that includes provisions introduced by Sherrod Brown (D-OH) to improve healthcare for Ohio veterans and support people who care for them. The bill, known as the VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Network (MISSION) Act, will now be sent to the President’s desk to become law.
“Our servicemembers and their families sacrifice so much to keep our country safe. We owe all of our veterans – and the families who support them – our gratitude, our respect, and the highest-quality healthcare,” said Brown.
The bill passed today includes several provisions authored by Brown, who is a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, including:
- Expanding caregiver benefits to veterans of all eras. Previously, comprehensive caregiver assistance and benefits were provided only to veterans injured on or after September 11, 2001, leaving family caregivers and veterans injured during World War II, the Korean, Vietnam and 1990-1991 Gulf War ineligible for this critical support (learn more).
- Giving specific training to doctors outside the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) system on how to address veterans’ unique medical needs (learn more).
- Ensuring safe opioid prescribing practices for doctors and healthcare providers outside the VA system (learn more).