2008-05-02 / Top Stories

Clinton Sets Bill To Service Wounded Warriors

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton has announced that she has introduced legislation to support the family caregivers of servicemembers suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). The Caring for Wounded Warriors Act of 2008 would require two pilot programs through the Department of Veterans Affairs, improving the resources available to those caring for troops who have been seriously injured in service to their country.

The first program would certify and train family caregivers as personal care attendants, qualifying them to receive compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The second would leverage existing partnerships between Veterans Affairs facilities and the nation's premier universities, training graduate students to provide respite care for families caring for wounded warriors suffering from TBI.

"Our injured troops have made immeasurable sacrifices in defense of our country and must have access to the best care and treatment available. The families and loved ones of our servicemembers are often the ones providing this care, and we must do all we can to ease their tremendous burdens. Equipping these unsung heroes with training and resources to care for our wounded warriors and compensating them for their work will help to lighten the load and ensure that our troops and their families receive support commensurate to their sacrifices," said Senator Clinton.

As New York's first Senator to serve on the Senate Armed Services Committee, Senator Clinton has fought aggressively to ensure that servicemembers have the healthcare and support they need. Her legislation to improve the detection, assessment and treatment of TBI, as well as expand the support systems for members and former members of the Armed Services with TBI, has been signed into law. She also played a key role in securing into law access to TRICARE military health benefits for all drilling members of the National Guard and Reserves and their families. The Caring for Wounded Warriors Act builds on this record, providing innovative support and training for the caregivers of severely injured active duty and medically retired troops.

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