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Indiana US Senator Joe Donnelly today highlighted key provisions that would help support Hoosier veterans and their families in a comprehensive veterans bill the Senate is considering this week. Senator Donnelly says the bill would require the Department of Veterans Affairs to establish an education and support program to educate and train family members and caregivers of veterans on different mental health disorders. This would help family members identify triggers and risk factors related to possible mental health issues. In addition, it would allow family members to learn mental health first aid and techniques for coping with the stress of caring for or living with a veteran suffering from a mental illness.
he says the bill also includes a number of measures related to higher education and job training for veterans. Public state colleges and universities would be required to give in-state tuition rates to veterans from any state, and the bill would pave the way for veterans to continue receiving job training to assist in their transition back into the workforce. The bill would extend the veterans retraining assistance program, establish a unified website with employment and training resources, and create an internship program to pair veterans ages 18-30 years old with employers in the private sector — with the goal of enhancing their skills for long-term employment.
To ensure our veterans are protected from partisan political fights in Washington that could threaten veterans’ services, the bill also requires advance funding for the VA to provide benefits and resources to veterans.
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