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house Bill H.R. 1575

Does a Counseling Program for Female Vets Need to be Permanent?

Argument in favor

While women have been taking on a greater role in the U.S. military, the mental health care available to them is lagging behind and needs to expand. This is a step in the right direction that can be built upon in the future.

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08/30/2015
I do not understand how this question could even come up. Obviously, it's a no-brainer.
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Marvin's Opinion
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09/09/2015
It shouldn't be needed, but until woman receive the rights of our male population, men's violence toward women will probably continue.
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Thomas's Opinion
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08/29/2015
Stop kicking the can down the road. You can do this and more. This is a good start.
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Argument opposed

This counseling should be available to all women veterans — whether they recently separated from the military or if they left the Armed Forces decades ago. Including childcare would encourage more women veterans to use these services.

Tobias's Opinion
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10/09/2015
The fact that this is targeted for just women is a catastrophe. It should be for EVERYONE who served.
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billwdk9's Opinion
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09/01/2015
As a disabled veteran, I can attest to the fact that female vets receive as high quality care as the males do and it's tailored to the needs of the females.
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GrumpyMSgt's Opinion
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08/30/2015
Exsisting programs are adequate. The VA is short of funds now.
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  • Not enacted
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  • The senate has not voted
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Health
      Committee on Veterans' Affairs
    IntroducedMarch 24th, 2015

What is House Bill H.R. 1575?

This bill would make permanent a pilot program that provides voluntary counseling to women veterans who were recently separated from military service in group retreat settings.


The program is run through the VA Readjustment Counseling Service (RCS), and would begin on a permanent basis on January 1, 2016.


It would provide information on reintegration into the community, family and employment, financial counseling, occupational counseling, plus information and counseling on stress reduction and conflict resolution.


There would be reports prepared by the VA to be provided to congressional committees governing veterans’ affairs every two years.

Impact

Women veterans who have recently separated from the military, the VA, congressional committees.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 1575

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: This legislation has gained support from several prominent veterans organizations including the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), and Vietnam Veterans of America.


All three groups expressed robust support for this bill, but the
VFW suggested expanding it to cover childcare to help facilitate the women veterans’ counseling, and Vietnam Veterans of America believes it should cover all women veterans, not just those who’ve recently separated from the service.

Originally this pilot program was created in 2010 through the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010.


Of Note:
Women now make up about 15 percent of America’s military, and as of 2012
more than 225,000 had been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Disabled American Veterans published a study that concluded in many areas, benefits for women veterans aren’t as utilized or available as those for their male counterparts. This includes VA mental health care, which served over 70,000 women veterans between 9/11 and March 2014 -- but needs to tailor its approach and statistical tracking to meet the needs of women veterans.

A survey of women veterans who have served in the Armed Forces since 9/11 done by 
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America found that 70 percent of women veterans are enrolled in VA health care, and an equal proportion rated their service from the VA as fair, poor, or very poor. More importantly, less than half of the survey’s respondents felt that the VA treated female veterans with respect.


Media:

Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Flickr user Minnesota National Guard)

Official Title

To amend title 38, United States Code, to make permanent the pilot program on counseling in retreat settings for women veterans newly separated from service in the Armed Forces.