House passes sweeping legislation to aid veterans

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By Nicole Duran

The House easily approved a series of veterans-related bills on Tuesday, most notably catch-all legislation addressing everything from healthcare access to homelessness.

“This omnibus measure with more than 70 provisions is broad and comprehensive in scope and scale,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said after the House approved the eponymous Jeff Miller and Richard Blumenthal Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act.

“More veterans, including many at risk of homelessness, will receive the care and benefits they need and deserve,” he continued. “VA hospitals will have better management of mental health counselors and emergency room doctors. Veterans’ families will be helped by extending critical education benefits to surviving members. Work will finally begin to help descendants of veterans exposed to toxic substances.”

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